Ashley Sowerby looks at some of the newest industry developments – and how they could help with fleet management
At Chevin, with our expertise in fleet management software, we are greatly focused on technology as something that can minimise fleet running costs, increase utilisation and enhance safety.
It is also important that the car or van, over time, delivers more as an asset in use. That’s why, in the industry at large over the last few months, several pieces of new technology have caught my eye that provide an important benefit: to make company vehicles more productive.
One good example is the announcement from TomTom, earlier this month, that they are working towards enabling their products to indicate likely free parking spaces and guide drivers towards them in real-time. The issue of time and money wasted by employees trying to park, especially in cities, is an important one to be considered. Such technology could be extremely useful.
Another example is the OnCall option available on the new S90 and other Volvos. This system and app allows drivers to remotely check their car’s key metrics including fuel levels and driving mileage logs. It’s a development that could be genuinely useful, for example for drivers who want to complete a mileage record or simply check whether they need to plan a fuel stop into their journey while sitting at their desk. You could even potentially download the cars’s mileage data and journey log straight into our FleetWave fleet management system, to help you further increase visibility and control over your fleet operations.
There are also many interesting new ideas around on the electric vehicle front, such as proposed changes to building regulations requiring charging points to be built into new build or refurbished homes in the EU. Going further, these charging points could even be ideally linked to domestic solar energy capture sources, to facilitate overnight charging of vehicles and essentially ‘free’ refuelling.
Overall, I find much of the new technology that is appearing tremendously exciting. Chevin spends a lot of time thinking about how technology can be used to deliver genuine benefits and seeing the results of others doing something similar is fascinating.
One benefit of our FleetWave fleet management software is that it is already able to integrate with a great amount of third-party applications, from telematics to fuel cards. As many new vehicle technologies continue to be brought to market, we continue to see great potential for making fleets even more efficient and effective – and we are always interested in working with companies to drive this agenda. The future seems bright indeed.