GPS and location is a match made in heaven. Just think when you get your Amazon ‘Prime’ service on time or you reach your right destination with Ola or Uber cab or savour your pizza at the right time and location – all these examples are good enough to realise how dependent we have become on GPS technology.
Use of GPS in the head of navigation, fleet management and location-based services are numerous. Focusing on fleet management, apart from utilizing the data generated by the vehicle tracking system for enforcing the schedule of the bus, this data also provides important inputs for decision-making. The system facilitates computation of exact distance traveled in a given time span, computation of the speed of the bus at a given location, analysis of the time taken by the vehicle to cover certain distance and so on.
Fleet management incorporates many of the vehicle-based technologies and innovations for more effective vehicle and fleet planning, scheduling, and operations. Fleet management focuses on the vehicle, improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the service provided and on passenger safety. This makes the transit more efficient and reliable; it should be more attractive to prospective riders, transit operators, and the municipalities they serve. Businesses also with its advanced GPS tracking system, can lower their costs by setting up a fixed route and tracking the vehicle that it follows the set route
Here are three reasons why businesses dealing with fleet management should include GPS devices.
Enhancing efficiency of drivers
Using GPS in fleet tracking enhances efficiency of drivers. By knowing at what time a driver can make delivery or knowing at what speed a driver can complete a delivery, companies can make the schedule of each driver’s week more effectively and make better use of their time. The data generated can be analysed in various ways, like deciding the route, tracking traffic-hit areas, deciding what material to be sent and how, etc. Adoption of this new system makes the drivers more empowered and thus more valued which elevates performance.
The company leverages the data generated from all these devices and layers it with consignment information and performances to develop GIS that helps to visualize inefficiencies in freight and fleet performances. The other aspect to these devices is that they act like a spy for upper management. So, things like at what time the driver started, where all did he go, which were the halt points, how much time he took break, which were the sharp turns, sudden accelerator report and whether the vehicle was being used for non-work related activities, etc. can be monitored through these tracking devices.
A vehicle tracking system enables the fleet operator to find out the location of the vehicle throughout the journey of the vehicle, against time. The system can help the company save bucks by increasing vehicle’s efficiency. By monitoring the speed of a vehicle, companies can keep check on on the amount of gas required, number of times the vehicle has gone for repair, etc. This instantly reduces repair costs. This also makes vehicle’s resale value last for longer and speeding fines can be avoided.