Since its introduction, telematics has largely been regarded as a device for recording where vehicles are and how long journeys have taken.
But as time has gone on, technology has become more sophisticated and previous reservations of intrusive spying on drivers has regressed. As a result telematics has now become a vital part of fleet management.
The surplus of telematics products available today has grown exponentially over the past few years, meaning that telematics and fleet management providers are mapping up features to target fleet-specific needs to cut costs and boost productivity.
Technology that is now available to businesses for analysing their fleets has become so advanced; this can be seen in the industry, for example one of the Telematics leaders TrakM8 (As seen below). Consequently, it is now becoming hard for fleet managers not to be hard pressed into not inputting one such system into their fleet of vehicles.
Mounting pressure on fleet companies to reduce their carbon footprint and develop a greener image has been another fundamental factor in the growth of the market - A fantastic result of a more favourable perception of the telematics industry. So, how long will it be until all vehicles in fleet have some form of connected device?
Data derived from telematics devices is now so far advanced that Trakm8 is also able to identify concealed vehicle health problems such as engine malfunctions and poor battery health before they cause the vehicle to break down. This is advantageous because fleet managers can carry out the required maintenance without a loss in productivity.