What is Vehicle Tracking and why is it useful?

Vehicle Tracking or ‘Black Box’ Technology as it is more commonly known, is a new technology that is utilising technology to find ways to speed up processes and lowering the costs.

In todays world, businesses are becoming more reliant on data and with vehicle tracking, we can now use this data to help find new, innovative ways to decrease costs. Equally, to how the invention of email in the nineties transformed business communications, vehicle tracking is making its mark on the transport sector for the future.

So, how does it work? A ‘black box’ device is installed into a vehicle, once in use, the box collects data and then transmits this data via GPS to deliver business insights into locations of the driver, driving styles and any issues the vehicle might have whilst on the move. So, you might question why business use this technology if it is not for spying…?

Key Information about Fleets

Countless companies, whether they own a few vehicles or over a thousand vehicles, they can use this data to help their business become more efficient day to day. For example, Fleet managers can use the data from the vehicle to track any goods that are being carried and ensuring they are running on schedule. They also have in-depth access to the whereabouts of all items being transported. It is incredibly important that the fleet managers are aware of the location of all vehicles, so they can inform their customers where their item is and when it is due to be delivered. Customers want their item to be delivered on time, efficiently and hassle free. Vehicle tracking gives fleet managers information on tachograph information, this is extremely important to ensure that all vehicles and the drivers are compliant with the Law.

Vehicle tracking is not just used for location detecting but to ensure that all transporting is running safely and compliant with the Law. Fleet owners will be aware that its safety is top priority, especially on the roads, therefore, tracking is also key to monitoring any risky or unlawful behaviours that could lead to serious accidents. Vehicle tracking devices permit fleet managers to monitor the drivers speed, any harsh acceleration, heavy braking and tight turning which inevitably could lead into the increase of an accident on the road. By analysing driver behaviour, fleet managers can pin point any drivers that may be at high-risk when on the roads. Therefore, from monitoring this information, fleet managers can ensure the safety on the roads by reducing potential accidents, costs and any damage to vehicles. As well as monitoring driving behaviour, guaranteeing that drivers stick to the speed limit and have consistent smooth driving, also helps reduce fuel costs overall.

In some unfortunate cases, being involved in an accident can happen on the road and when fleet vehicles are involved in crashes, this can cause extreme disruption to the schedule and to the roads. However, due to the vehicle tracking systems put in place, it has the technology to alert the fleet managers of any accident straight away. This technology also allows contingency plans to be put in place immediately and contact the emergency services if needed