1. Environmental-friendly operations
It’s no secret that our climate is changing at a rapid rate. And moreover, one of the main reasons for this is the carbon footprint of vehicles. And with IoT integrated into the fleet operation, you will be able to reduce the same.
How? With IoT, you can
Avoid unnecessary idling by selecting the optimal route
Reduce fuel consumption
Keep the engine and everything clean and crisp, and manage the amount of carbon dioxide emitted.
2. Preventive maintenance
This is again something we talked about earlier in this blog.
By getting real-time data, you can pinpoint and identify the health of your vehicle and work accordingly to repair/fix or maybe replace parts before starting a journey.
With preventative maintenance, you will get an idea of
Whether the battery needed charging
The coolant level in the engine
Whether the vehicle needs an oil change or not
And many more.
The baseline is that you will be able to ensure that your vehicle is working at an optimal condition and therefore avoid plausible breakdowns or accidents.
Also, take a look at the difference between predictive maintenance and preventive maintenance.
3. Engine performance
The engine, as you know, is the most crucial part of the vehicle. So it is only logical to keep it in good shape. And we have already discussed how preventive maintenance helps identify the parts to be maintained.
So, by using remote engine monitoring and diagnostics, which is an integral part of IoT-enables sensors, you will have to track down the critical engine parameters.
Analyze these parameters and use the diagnostic feature to understand the real problem behind the vehicle [engine]. Once found, you will be able to rectify the risen problems and improve the fleet performance.
4. Improved fuel efficiency
What do you think is the main reason for the fuel efficiency?
Have an idea?
It’s actually the driving behavior. The unnecessary idling, acceleration, and deceleration can severely affect fuel consumption and, thereby, fuel efficiency.
So, what can you do here? You will have access to data on the driving behaviors of all your drivers, and you can talk with them and work together forward to improve their driving behavior.
Moreover, this unnecessary acceleration and deceleration can result in wear-and-tear of your vehicle parts like tires, braking shoes, clutchplate, and so on. This indirectly will affect the overall cost and performance of your fleet operation too.
I know we talked about preventive maintenance and how it can avoid plausible breakdowns or accidents. But you also have to consider the fact an accident or breakdown can still occur, and it doesn’t have to be the problem of your vehicle or driver.
That being said, in the event of a breakdown, IoT sensors in fleet management will generate and send automated messages to the nearest towing company, and correspondingly send another message to the manager/owner to take the necessary further steps.
Also, in the event of harsh weather conditions or heavy traffic, these sensors will assess the condition, plan and re-route the vehicles, and avoid possible downtime during the journey.