As times change, so does technology. Innovation is necessary to improve our ways of life and keep our businesses alive. Such is the case when it comes to fleet management, among other things. Advances in fleet management technology (e.g., fleet maintenance software) have the capability and many more benefits to help directly improve the efficacy of different programs and systems. Here are some examples of technological advances in fleet management and their impact on the future of fleets.
Advances in Fleet Technology
- Advanced fleet maintenance software improves the effectiveness of preventive maintenance (PM) programs. For example, such systems readily monitor mileages and other parameters to plan and track the servicing needs of vehicles. The capabilities also include providing automated notification of servicing schedules to drivers. Giving drivers access to such technological tools will also help boost their productivity and sense of autonomy. By doing so, one can expect not only safety and efficiency in their performance and productivity but also safety and efficiency in the trucks they drive and light truck tires they maintain.
- Parts and inventory management tools utilized in fleet maintenance software can drive up the efficiency of fleets. The process is streamlined and more efficient by ensuring that inventory or stock control has parts on hand for maintenance tasks or when needed. Software integration with barcode-based inventory systems is used to track parts and generate re-orders when needed automatically. In addition, many parts suppliers can integrate their ordering systems with fleet management software which also streamlines the ordering process.
- Managing fleet vehicles’ inspection reports on electronic devices is possible with electronic daily vehicle reports (eDVIR). eDVIR makes life easier for operators as reports and log history can easily be accessed from the fleet management software’s database at any time. Operators can also quickly input any results or document issues they find with assets without writing them down on paper, avoiding instances of human error due to shoddy handwriting or illegible penmanship.
- Investing in and procuring a good fleet management app for one’s business or company ensures that the fleet team can record issues or problems, read diagnostics, and schedule maintenance checks instantly and simultaneously. Having a reliable fleet management app relieves businesses or companies of some manual burden as the software does the work by monitoring fleet performance and driving – allowing for money to be saved on fuel and resolving issues before they get worse.
Alternatively, suppose a business or company doesn’t have the money or resources to fully invest in improving their fleet technology and related tools due to increasing demands from a bigger client base and pressure from managing and maintaining a bigger fleet and workforce. In that case, they may be forced to make quick decisions for the future of their business or company. When that happens, they should already have developed a relationship with a service provider who can maintain and manage larger fleets.
By working with a dedicated professional team equipped with advanced fleet management systems, the business or company can reduce the likelihood of downtime due to poor fleet performance and substandard vehicle maintenance. It also means they can have more time to develop their own innovations by handing time-consuming scheduling duties over to another team. Times may change, and technology may always evolve but working with other people will never be obsolete.
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