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The future is now

HOW TECHNOLOGY IS REDEFINING BUSINESS MOTORING

Technological advances are changing the nature of business vehicles and the role of the Fleet Manager. As we approach the advent of fully autonomous cars and vans, what recent technologies can benefit fleet management, what challenges are they creating and how can they be implemented successfully?

Our Driving Technology report creates clarity to drive more efficient and effective fleet management across the sector.

Our Top Ten Electric Vehicles - 2017

The future of engine technology

How are developments supporting the current and future needs of businesses and consumers?

Motoring journalist Luke Edwards analyses the available options with a particular focus on UK manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover.

Switched on to electric

HELPING BAE SYSTEMS SWITCH TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

With the number of electric LCVs on the road having risen by 288% since 2012, we are seeing an increased focus on alternative fuels. We are committed to developing more energy efficient fleets whilst adopting the latest vehicle technologies.

By working closely with our clients, we can deliver flexible, tailored solutions. Find out more about how we helped BAE to improve their energy footprint, whilst making significant cost savings, by introducing a new fleet of electric vans.

What drivers want

Having the right technologies and comforts in a company vehicle can boost employee productivity, make them feel valued within the organisation and support staff retention and attraction strategies. So what technologies do drivers want? Our survey of company car and private car drivers asked employees to rate out of 10 how important certain technologies were in their vehicle choice.

For more information about what driver's want in their vehicles, download our DRIVERS' NEEDS report.

Reporting the changes

FIT FOR PURPOSE VEHICLES

New technologies can create efficiencies across the fleet, but they need to be aligned to business strategy and right for the organisation itself.

DRIVERS' NEEDS

The right technology and vehicle can boost productivity and make employees feel valued, but they need to support the comfort and safety of the driver rather than just be high-tech or innovative.

THE FUTURE OF DRIVING

New technologies will change the future business fleet, but it is important to work out the organisation's current and future strategy to build that fleet effectively. Our six stage process explains how.

MAINTENANCE

New technologies are making vehicle maintenance more cost and time efficient, but it means new skills for Fleet Managers.

FUEL USE

More fuel efficient vehicles can drive down costs and emissions, but educating driver through technology can hold the key to greater savings.

INSURANCE AND INCIDENTS

Vehicle cameras and telematics are helping manage and reduce incident numbers, but are other technologies making drivers feel deceptively invincible.

TELEMATICS TODAY

Telematic technology and its data interpretation can provide a number of key benefits, including enhanced safety and improved cost efficiencies. But how can you ensure you have the right programme and how easy is it to adopt?

The journey to driverless vehicles

Connected cars of the future

  • Constant monitoring of routes for delays and traffic
  • Directions constantly updated to ensure safest and fastest route
  • Increased fuel efficiency through maintenance of steady driving
  • Roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights and road signs linked to the driver cockpit and to head office
  • Software supports an organisation's continuity and contingency plans
  • Ensure drivers are taking rest breaks at correct intervals
  • Monitor dangerous driving habits
  • Alerts and warnings if a driver has fallen asleep at the wheel
  • Data to support safer night time driving
  • Data delivers more targeted driver training courses
  • Software provides data for health & safety audits
  • Provides data to support health & safety and human resources policy changes, ensuring duty of care to employees
  • Allows daily workload to be distributed fairly across the fleet
  • Builds business case for current and future driving technology
  • Meet carbon footprint targets by monitoring driving behaviours that increase emissions
  • Optimise routes to cut down on travel between sites
  • Accurate emissions data on which to report and base decisions
  • Better servicing and repairs = 'greener' vehicles
  • Promote the organisation's Sustainability agenda
  • Identify recurrent mechanical problems with the fleet
  • Address driving issues that lead to excessive tyre wear
  • Replace parts only when they are due
  • Aids preventative maintenance and servicing
  • System informs when servicing is due, aiding better planning of workshop time and reducing vehicle downtime
  • Audit of driver behaviour can help reduce insurance premiums
  • Drivers being aware of monitoring leads to safer driving
  • Can monitor that drivers are not exceeding statutory safe limits
  • Track high-value loads to reassure your clients
  • Assist police in finding stolen vehicles
  • Use dashboard cameras to further reduce insurance costs
  • Base platoon decisions on road conditions and identify platoon partners
  • Future telematics upgrades could divide cost savings between different fleets regardless of position in the convoy
  • Supports future driving technology to respond to the behaviour of the truck in front, such as platoon-based adaptive cruise control
  • Allows for planning of other connected fleet scenarios across the organisation or with other business partners
  • Aligns driver paperwork to reality for better financial compliance and auditing
  • Policy breaches by drivers can be highlighted
  • Supports audits to comply with internal and external standards
  • Supports inspections and reports by third party organisations such as HMRC
  • Helps audit toll road and congestion charges
  • Protects an organisation's reputation through safer driving
  • Data analysis helps tender bids to be more accurate, more competitive and can increase profit margins
  • Helps an organisation support clients in meeting their own targets and key performance indicators, such as informing customers of delivery or arrival times
  • Plan more efficient routes by analysing journey times
  • Allows tracking to use the closest vehicle to the organisation's requirement if another vehicle is unexpectedly delayed or off the road
  • Real-time information enables head office to contact drivers to avoid major road incidents and share alternative routes
  • Ensures employees are not exceeding working time directives, regulations or other working policies
  • Monitor which fuel stations are being used to ensure cost efficiency
  • Analyse driver behaviour such as leaving engine running and excessive use of air conditioning
  • Assess need for fuel saving technology
  • Build a business case for different fuel technologies
  • Accurate system analytics to inform finance systems and budget planning
  • Avoid traffic fines such as parking fines or speeding tickets
  • Vehicles pass statutory checks first time with less downtime
  • Better road tax administration
  • Real time data dashboards replace time-consuming analysis and spreadsheets
  • Trusted and accurate evidence in any disputes

Driving Technology Glossary

Technology is revolutionising cars, vans and other commercial vehicles. But do you know your hybrids from your plug-ins, and how an autonomous vehicle differs from a connected car?

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