The Element Fleet blog is written by various fleet experts we've invited to participate. They offer their opinions and comments on issues related to fleet management, maintenance, telematics, trucks, vehicle accident management, driver safety and more. You also have the opportunity to respond or ask questions. So go ahead and join the conversation.
Just a note: The opinions of the writers don’t necessarily reflect the position of Element Fleet Management on these subjects.
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Fleet managers: You know that a good fleet telematics program can help you change driver behavior, enforce policies and reduce fuel costs. Regardless of your industry or type of fleet, telematics can also help:
- Show you what you've been missing
- Measure results
That's what you expect – and that's reason enough to consider implementing telematics in your fleet. But what additional benefits have our clients discovered?
We've put together an eBook on fleet telematics that provides more details on how this technology helps fleet managers operate more effectively. There's a whole section on “hidden advantages" that aren't often identified when talking about telematics – but are proving to have powerful impact on fleet effectiveness.
Get the Telematics eBook here.
Let me know what you think or if you have found additional benefits that you didn't expect.
Read it and let me know what you think of these ideas – and whether you have other ones you would add.
What are the characteristics of a successful fleet manager? In our experience, the most successful are usually strategic thinkers – people who find ways not to get bogged down in the tactical, day-to-day administration of a fleet, but who see the bigger picture and ensure their fleet is helping their organizations achieve their goals.
We’ve put together a tip sheet called “7 habits of strategic fleet managers” that identify ways you can ensure you are managing your fleet strategically. I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think!
Automotive Fleet Magazine has released a special report titled “Fleet Management circa 2025” – a look at where fleet management companies like Element see the industry going in the next 10 years. It’s a great read. Here’s a taste of what some Element Fleet experts said in the article:
Ryan Gilbert, software developer:
- Autonomous Vehicles Will Make Telematics Standard Equipment.
“With driverless vehicles, telematics will be essential. Software will eventually be able to analyze each vehicle’s location throughout the day, and recommend fueling stations with the best prices. We may even see a shift in the appearance of gas stations, including having compressed natural gas (CNG) and charging stations for electric vehicles readily available.”
- Virtual Reality Tools Used to Make New-Vehicle Selections
“There will be an uptick in the adoption of virtual reality for new-vehicle selection and purchasing. This will allow fleet managers to browse and test-drive new vehicles from the comfort of their office using their computer.”
Joy Schnetzka, Manager, Strategic Alliances:
- More Dealer-Based Repairs
“In five to 10 years, we’ll be seeing more dealer-based repairs of fleet vehicles. Many non-dealer shops will only provide preventive maintenance services, due to more sophisticated technology. We anticipate the service process to become more complex and specialized, resulting in more reliance on dealerships.”
Ron Ditzel, Tax Manager
- Fleet Taxation Trends – Services and the Cloud.
Leasing companies continue to offer more online services/ products to their customers and more states are beginning to apply current tax laws to these types of online services/ products. One issue is that states are continually relying on outdated tax laws to include these online services/products as taxable without consideration of the nuances of what is actually being provided. Looking ahead, states will need to update their tax laws to account for the changing environment of how services/products are provided online.
There’s more from Element and other fleet management companies in the article – read the entire article here.
- The State of the Market for Class 3-4 Trucks, Vans
- Top Fleet Trends for Class 5-6 Trucks
- Forecast of Operating Costs for Medium-Duty Trucks in CY-2015
We look forward to sharing more truck expertise with you in the coming year, and wish you a prosperous and safe 2015!