Why do fleet managers like telematics?

Big brother is always watching. In some cases it's for the greater good, like with fleet telematics, for example. 

Fleet managers will be well aware of the benefits of the technology by now, allowing them to create a safer and more efficient environment for both their drivers and other road users. These systems allow businesses to monitor almost every aspect of their fleet's behaviour, from speeding habits to their usual routes. 

Aside from the technical aspects, there's a range of other reasons fleet managers employ telematics in the vehicles they manage, some of which can save a significant amount of money in the long term. 

What draws fleet managers to telematics software?

Legal research provider LexisNexis delved into the reasons fleet managers use these software solutions, finding they provide a range of benefits that keep their drivers and vehicles safe on the country's roads. 

The firm found that many drivers enjoy services that create a game out of scoring well on telematics platforms. Fleet managers looking to find new methods of encouraging safe and fuel efficient driving amongst their staff may want to consider making the most of these trends. 

One such option is to create a weekly or monthly challenge using the data from drivers' performance out on the road. After all, there's nothing like a bit of friendly competition to promote better driving standards. 

How else will technology promote safe driving and reduce fleet maintenance?

If technology manufacturer Cisco's predictions are accurate, vehicles could be on a similar path to the one that led mobile phones to become smartphones. According to the firm, the number of automotive manufacturers increasing the connectivity of their cars and trucks is on the rise. 

While these technologies put the automotive world well on the path to creating autonomous cars, this functionality still isn't ready to be debuted to public. Instead, drivers so far have only been exposed to bits and pieces of what will eventually form a completely autonomous vehicle. 

Automatic emergency braking is one thing, but some companies are taking the technology to a further extreme. For example, the Tesla Model S is able to read speed signs as it passes them and adjust the car's velocity accordingly. 

Of course, these systems still pale in comparison to what appears to be the most advanced autonomous vehicle project so far: Google's Self-Driving Car. According to the firm, its vehicles can see more than two (American) football fields in every direction at once, an essential feature in keeping the vehicle and its occupants safe.