Revealed: why so many organisations are turning to telematics

Revealed: why so many organisations are turning to telematics

Telematics is quickly becoming the norm for all kinds of fleets, according to a recent survey.

According to Shell’s Power of Data survey, heavy goods vehicle operators are the most prolific users of telematics with 82 per cent of respondents saying they use it. Light commercial fleets aren’t too far behind them (72 per cent, while 58 per cent of those with cars now incorporate telematics in their vehicles.

When asked why they had chosen to bring in telematics, improved fuel efficiency was the most common reason (63 per cent). This is just as well because separate research compiled using data from 10,000 vehicles found that fitting telematics improved fuel economy by 9.1 per cent as a result of fitting telematics.

Other widespread reasons for introducing telematics included improving driver safety and cutting costs (59 and 58 per cent respectively).

How telematics can make your fleet fun

Shell’s report goes on to suggest how organisations can tackle any anxieties or negativity from employees when installing telematics. It says that more fleets are adopting the ‘carrot’ approach rather than the ‘stick’ and taking the ‘gamification’ route: turning better driving into a game for end-users.

Fleet managers can use data captured from telematics to create a leaderboard based on fuel economy or another rankable factor.

“This not only allows them to compare their performance to their peers, but it drives behaviour improvements by offering prizes for the most efficient, mechanically sympathetic drivers,” reads Shell’s report.

“The company claims a 15-20 per cent reduction in fuel costs, while also cutting accident rates and vehicle maintenance bills.”

You can read the full Shell report at fleetworld.co.uk/shell-power-of-data-survey-how-attitudes-to-telematics-are-changing-fast/

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “The benefits of telematics are well documented and for any organisation thinking about adding it to their fleet, this survey should be the tipping point for them to take the plunge.”

Your business can benefit from affordable telematics with no hidden start-up fees or long-term commitments. Find out how at www.tele-gence.com

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All new vans should come with emergency self-braking

All new vans should come with emergency self-braking

Almost 2,500 crashes could be prevented in the UK every year if autonomous emergency braking (AEB) was fitted to all vans.

This claim comes from the Department for Transport, which added that 348 deaths and serious injuries may not have happened in 2016  if vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes came with AEB as standard.

Thatcham Research says this self-braking technology has the potential to save 1,000 lives and 120,000 casualties across the car industry over the next ten years. This would be a 38 per cent reduction in real-world accidents.

Do any van manufacturers offer AEB as standard?

Yes. One. Currently, Volkswagen is the only manufacturer to include with AEB as a standard feature for all of its vans – this has been the case since June 2017.

Carl zu Dohna, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are proud to be leading the way with AEB as standard across our van range.

“Ensuring our customers have the safest and most reliable commercial vehicles is all part of our Working With You promise.

“Autonomous emergency braking systems mean safer vehicles, fewer accidents and therefore reduced downtime and lower costs for fleets – as well as the potential to save lives. These are vital goals for any vehicle manufacturer.”

AEB systems can also cut third party insurance claims by 45 per cent, resulting in lower costs and less time off the road for van drivers and fleet operators.

Vehicles fitted with autonomous emergency braking also benefit from an average insurance premium saving of 10 per cent compared to those without. The insurance rating of the all-new Crafter was reduced by four groups thanks to standard fitment of AEB.

“Introducing a telematics system across your fleet is another way to improve insurance costs too,” added Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence.

Find out other way your business can benefit from affordable telematics with no hidden start-up fees or long-term commitments at www.tele-gence.com

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Should a ‘death by dangerous cycling’ law be introduced?

A new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving could be introduced for reckless cyclists, depending on views collected during a new 12-week consultation.

The consultation suggests various ideas designed to deliver higher standards for cycling and walking infrastructure across the UK, the government says.

Parts of the Highway Code could also be updated, including measures to counter the dangerous practice of ‘close passing’, which puts many people off the idea of cycling.

Other recently announced measures would provide better training for driving instructors, improved collision investigation and an investment of £100 million through the Safer Roads Fund.

In 2016, there were 1,792 road deaths in the UK. Three of them were caused by cyclists. 

'Further steps'

Cycling and walking minister Jesse Norman said: “In recent weeks, we have announced a range of measures designed to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. Now we are taking further steps.

“These include a consultation on new cycling offences, further work on national guidance on cycling and walking infrastructure, and improvements to the Highway Code.”

Additionally, the Cycle Proofing Working Group has been commissioned by the government to develop national guidance and best practice for cycling and walking infrastructure.

Finally, the government has also announced today that £1 million will be provided to support the pathfinder demonstration projects for repairing and upgrading sections of the National Cycle Network (NCN).

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “It is great that the government is acting to make cycling safer and therefore more appealing.

“While business fleets are rarely able to incorporate cycling into their mobility plans, everyone can get behind the prospect of safer roads.”

Your business can benefit from affordable telematics with no hidden start-up fees or long-term commitments. Find out how at www.tele-gence.com

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It offers you an affordable fuel management solution catered exactly to your needs. The solution is a full SaaS provider, device agnostic, easy to use and with its competitive pricing is ideal for any sized organisation, it will also significantly reduce your insurance premiums.

Tele-Gence – The benefits are truly endless:-

  • Reduced fuel costs – Improve fuel consumption and reduce fuel fraud.
  • Improved driver behaviour – Reduce unsafe driving habits such as speeding, harsh breaking and cornering, resulting in reduced accidents, improving productivity, fuel consumption and your bottom line.
  • Reduced unauthorised vehicle use – Instantly receive a vehicle movement alert in non-working hours etc. giving you greater control.
  • Tracking other assets – Instantly know where all other assets are at all times such as trailers or plant equipment using Tele-Gence’s unique heartbeat feature.
  • Customer service – Respond to emergencies or customer requests quickly by knowing the exact location of your vehicles.
  • Make better business decisions – Tools to evaluate your fleet, can you do the same job with fewer assets? Saving you time and money.
  • Environment – Easily manage your green footprint.
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  • Fully scalable – Grows with your organisation giving you a clear idea of costs as you grow.
  • Ease of use – Hosted in the cloud making it accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Spots vehicle issues early – Avoiding large vehicle maintenance costs, saving you money and improving productivity.

Tele-Gence provides a fleet solution that fully meets your needs without having to worry about large investment costs and you start seeing the benefits and saving from the minute you install this intelligent fuel management solution.

Taking into account all the benefits our solution has to offer in terms of increase productivity, reduced operational costs and a more satisfied customer Tele-Gence should in fact be considered as a ‘big benefit’ rather than ‘big brother’.

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Young drivers consistently broke speed limit to make England’s World Cup kick-offs

No young football fan wants to miss the start of an important match so it should be no surprise that they’re willing to bend the rules of the road a bit to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Figures from black box insurer Insure The Box revealed that speeding amongst motorists aged between 17 and 24 increased by over a fifth in the hour before each of England’s World Cup matches.

Ahead of the lions’ semi-final clash with Croatia, it leapt by a whopping 43 per cent.

As you’d expect, the level of speeding among young drivers during the England World Cup campaign depended on the importance of the game.

In the hour leading up to England’s clash with Belgium, the likelihood of young drivers speeding increased by seven per cent. That’s because the match had little riding on it as England had already qualified out of the groups.

However, before England’s do-or-die semi-final against Croatia, there was a 43 per cent hike in young motorists speeding. This meant that young drivers were speeding for one in every five miles, compared to the usual average of one in every nine miles.

Similarly, the hour preceding the quarter-final vs Sweden sparked a 23 per cent increase in speeding.

Why are young drivers more likely to crash?

Accident figures regularly suggest that young drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash.

Over half of all serious accidents on country roads involving 17 to 24-year-olds are due to loss of control, largely due to speeding, while the UK government’s 2016 report on road casualties revealed that 1,792 people were killed – a four per cent rise in speed-related road deaths year-on-year.

Liz Brooker, vice chair of Road Safety GB, believes that helping young drivers understand the risks associated with inappropriate speed is vital to cutting the number of collisions and casualties caused by speeding.

Jez Strong, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “No football match is worth risking an accident for and by simply being a bit more organised and leaving a few minutes earlier, young drivers won’t feel the need to speed. But if they do, telematics is a good way of monitoring driver behaviour.”

Your business can benefit from affordable telematics with no hidden start-up fees or long-term commitments. Find out how at www.tele-gence.com