For the past decade or so, industries around the world have been embracing new technologies and digital innovations, in the hopes that organisations can evolve and refine their operational and management processes. In particular, the commercial fleet management sector has become almost unrecognisable in recent years, as ADAS, AI and cloud technology have vaulted the industry well into the 21st Century.
Vehicle fleet telematics have come such a long way that they are now able to improve almost any aspect of fleet management. By making the right investments into technologies like smart dash cams, navigation systems, fuel tracking and other onboard sensors, fleet managers can improve their operating margins, safety protocols and overall productivity.
Despite the obvious difficulties that accompany any industry in 2020, the market for video telematics has remained steady and is still forecasted to make massive strides in the coming years. The combination of better vehicles, evolving onboard monitoring systems, manual and automatic processes and years of industry growth have led video telematics and smart technology to become a vital part of any fleet manager’s operations.
The exciting future of ADAS technology
Most road accidents occur as a result of human error and in order to improve road safety and reduce road fatalities, we must reduce the amount of human error that occurs. The increasing popularity of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technologies, such as sensors and cameras, is because they are designed to automate, adapt and improve onboard systems and vehicle safety.
This automated technology is helping fleet companies across the globe improve their driver safety and accountability. However, not every business will require a complete ADAS setup and many may find that smaller increments of change toward smart technology suits their growth better. AI dash cams are a great entry point into digitising and automating the vehicle telematics that keep the fleet operating effectively.
Breakthroughs in dash cam technology
AI (Artificial Intelligence) dash cams have revolutionised the video telematics industry, as well as the vehicles fleet companies they serve. The innovations that have turned the old, single forward-facing camera setup into comprehensive, multidimensional vehicle and driver support systems that help fleet managers monitor and communicate with their drivers in real time.
Driver behaviour monitoring systems are made more effective using multicamera setups, GPS tracking, live video streaming, motion sensors and driver alertness measures. If a driver is not complying with road safety rules and regulations, driving erratically or off-route, not meeting company standards or in an accident; managers can be alerted, records and reports can be compiled and informed decisions can be made.
Patterns may begin to emerge with certain drivers that are repeat offenders while others may be one-time offenders or the victim of an incident that was not their fault. By having video evidence and location tracking on your fleet’s vehicles while on the road is an invaluable asset to any business trying to improve their driver safety, fleet efficiency and financial bottom line.
Driver monitoring and preventing harmful behaviour
While being monitored may seem excessive to some, the reality is that drivers, managers, companies and fleets are all benefiting from the additional tools and opportunities provided by AI dash cams. The subtle reinforcement of road safety and company standards afforded by these driver monitoring systems, like AI dash cams and ADAS, are helping fleet managers support their drivers and prevent malicious or illegal activities that may occur when driving, refuelling, stopping or delivering.
WIFI hotspots and 4G access turn these onboard camera systems in truly digital operations. Whenever an incident is detected, internally by the smart technology or externally by a fleet manager, the video footage and driving data will be logged and automatically synced to the cloud. This prevents any tampering with local data sources as well as securing backup digital copies for any litigation or contestation in the matter of an accident.
Information, such as travel time, fuel consumption, speed, idle time, routes and distance travelled, all help to compile a more complete data set and create the most vivid picture of what might occur on the road.
Advantages of GPS-based telematics
A truly unmatched addition to the arsenal of tools, being made available for fleet managers, are the incredibly advanced GPS tracking systems, which are being integrated into the best video telematics systems today. Knowing the precise location, speed and route of a vehicle under the watch of a dispatcher or fleet manager is truly invaluable.
It can help optimise routes, save time and reduce fuel consumption. Across a fleet, these opportunities for improvement begin to add up into a substantial operational boom for the whole company. Not to mention, the drivers benefit hugely from having a dedicated GPS navigational system in their cabin, which helps driver directions, prevent unsafe cell phone use and data wastage.
The future of vehicle telematics
Fleet management has already been transformed by these innovations and evolutions sweeping across the industry. Yet, there is so much more to come. Cloud management capacity, ADAS integration and driverless vehicle proliferation, AI capability, dash cam technology and digital infrastructure, all point to a future where ‘same day’ deliveries and cross-country shipments are easier and safer than ever.
For cutting edge fleet management technology and industry leading video telematics, speak to our helpful and insightful consultants at Landmark Tracking.