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The Beginner’s Guide to Introducing and Implementing Telematics to Your Fleet

  • By Cesar Yepez

What is ‘Telematics’?

Well, according to one definition,

“Telematics is literally a combination of the words Telecommunications and Informatics. Telematics, in a broad sense, is any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects, such as vehicles, via telecommunication devices.”

Meaning that, the implementation or introduction of such a technology to your fleet is becoming a new norm.

What are the Benefits?

GPS Fleet Telematics is a way of monitoring the location, movements, status, and behavior of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles. This makes sense then that there would be benefits galore. Being better able to record such things enables increased productivity, reduced labor and fuel and operating expenses, improved safety and security, and of course, going green!

What about Car Insurance?

Another potential benefit is just that, telematics car insurance. Being that different companies will be interested in different things, they will monitor your driving accordingly.

According to GoCompare, typical things checked are when and where you’re driving; the type of road; how fast you’re going and whether you’re within speed limits; how forcefully you apply the brakes; how you take corners.

Then, drivers who exhibit safe driving habits will then get better deals than those whose statistics highlight problems, or those who use their vehicle in ways deemed to be a higher insurance risk. Meaning that, under the best circumstances, this will provide benefits for your safe drivers while also providing you with this information as well.

What is the Downside?

Well, insurance or not, telematics provide you with the information you used to be blissfully unaware of. What if your favorite employee is secretly your worst driver? What if your newest truck is actually the least efficient? It’s true that the burden of knowledge can be a big one, but it’s also true that it’s almost essential in the long run.

Like GoCompare says again in another article,

“For every driver who vows never to succumb to ‘Big Brother’ surveillance whilst behind the wheel, there will be others who regard savings on their premium and other benefits as an acceptable compromise for some digital supervision.”

How Do I Prepare my Fleet for the Switch?

Another name for telematics car insurance is “black box insurance,” titled after the little black box that is provided to record your driving data.

Typically the size of a smartphone and installed discreetly, black boxes then record and send date back to you, your insurer, or both of you, depending on your system and insurance.

What Should I Expect?

With an influx of information, you should definitely expect change for you, your fleet, and your workers. That being said, it’s a positive influx! Introducing and implementing telematics to your fleet may seem like a substantial change, but it is also a change with substance.

Efficiency can be improved along with safety and really, it’s important to be as informed about the workings of your business as possible. It just so happens that a shift is occurring where you can be more informed than you ever have been, which is why you should.

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