The technological advancements shaping the future of fleet management 

We look at how connectivity will be affecting fleets


are self-driving vehicles are the future of fleet management?
As fleet management software innovators, at Chevin we strive to always be at the forefront of fleet management technology. Such developments are always welcomed when helping further minimise the management costs of running fleets, increase efficiency beyond the company vehicle while improving overall driver safety. And what’s more, such developments are set to become available at your fingertips….

We look at five areas that are shaping the future of fleet management.

1. Your phone is the ‘key’

Quite literally! Advancements in technology will see you using your phone as a key to unlocking your car alongside a whole host of other features. Check fuel levels, heat mirrors and start you car by the touch of a button through an app on your smartphone.

Integrations such as that between Ford Sync and Amazon Echo via an app is only the start – manage your car from the comfort of your own home. Access is granted to voice navigation, traffic information and can even enable you to carry out shopping!

For fleet managers, this can also mean the ability to auto schedule repairs and navigate to the cheapest fuel stations to minimise downtime and running costs.

2. Cloud-based connectivity

Fleet vehicles will be able to talk to one another! Cloud-based systems, including fleet management software, improves accessibility and security. Such connectivity can support fleets by providing information such as real-time data on traffic congestion and other hazards that can be utilised to re-route vehicles, for example. Similarly, changes to speed restrictions can be notified to all satellite navigation systems across a group to create alerts and prevent potential fines.

3. Driverless cars and vehicles

Trials are taking place of driverless lorries that are operated in convoy with one driver at the helm controlling the other inter-connected vehicles (platooning). The driver controls the speed, direction and braking of all vehicles, the front one baring the brunt of the aerodynamic snag which results in improved fuel efficiency. Having a fleet of say, up to 10 vehicles operating in such a way also generates additional cost savings through reduced fuel costs, and labour costs. Should trials prove a success, such technology will alleviate the problems associated with driver shortages.

Since the launch of the £100m Intelligent Mobility Fund, the Government has announced an additional £12.8m of to support driverless vehicle technology to see the cars take to the roads in 2019.

Car manufacturers such as Tesla and Nissan are developing driverless car technology. Imagine a world in which cars can navigate traffic to collect you, park themselves and generally take the stress out of driving. Through connectivity, the ability to ‘talk and learn’ from one another to improve navigation, and receive updates on congestion and other traffic problems to re-route autonomously, helps create the best possible journey for you.

The Volkswagen Group and leading self-driving technology company, Aurora Innovation have announced a strategic partnership to bring self-driving electric vehicles a reality through Mobility-as-a-Service fleets.

"£12.8 government investment could see driverless cars take to the road in 2019"

4. Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

Also known as Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS), MaaS is on the rise due to services such as Uber and Lyft as mobility platform providers. It incorporates all transport options including buses, trains, taxis and other transport modes to carry out journeys which improves efficiency and saves on costs. Members of car sharing schemes globally, for example, increased from 350,000 in 2006 to five million in 2014, and it’s projected to rise to 23 million by 2024.

An improved utilisation of transport options can have a positive impact on the number of vehicles on the road, reducing emissions and congestion in high traffic areas. Additional value is created through single payment channels rather than multiple ticket purchasing which streamlines processes and reduces costs further.

MaaS can streamline all aspects of travel within a business into one solution that can even cover aspects such as time and comfort comparisons through different modes of transport.

5. Electric Vehicles as mobile battery storage

Electric cars that charge themselves could become mainstream.

Vehicle to grid systems are currently being trialled, operating in effect as a mobile battery storage, EVs connect to the grid to top up during off-peak times such as at night when demand is reduced. During the day, this electricity can be used to power the vehicle, appliances within the home or business or even sold back to the National Grid.

Centralised control through fleet management software

Fleet management software permits the integration with many third-party applications, from telematics to fuel cards. As additional vehicle technologies are introduced to the market, the potential to make fleets even more efficient and effective progresses too as we work alongside external companies to drive this agenda.