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The influence of telematics on driver behaviour

Telematics provide fleet managers with a wealth of information which ultimately saves costs and makes our roads safer.

The combination of modern engines and telematics to positively influence driver behaviour means companies can save hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills and on other motoring expenses.

Monitoring drivers has ditched its Big Brother image, and now plays a vital part in helping companies manage its fleets. From ensuring vehicles are not used out-of-hours to identifying drivers with bad driving habits, there are many positive aspects of driver monitoring, particularly around Duty of Care.

One Hubio client Skilled Labour Services (Southern) Ltd, which provide construction teams complete with van to developments across the south, has saved 15% on its monthly fuel bill after implementing its Hubio telematics. The £600 a month saving on fuel is a result of installing telematics in each of its vans which has enabled managing director Richard Allen to track where any of its vans are at any given point, This makes it easy to establish those being used for private mileage and to monitor driver behaviour which affects fuel consumption.

Meanwhile, Carlsberg UK has saved £568,687 and 502,549 litres of fuel since 2011 after the Energy Savings Trust undertook its ‘Green Fleet Review’ of its fleet of 296 vehicles . The environmental impact is also huge with 1,346 fewer tonnes of CO2 pumped into the atmosphere as a result.

With evidence suggesting fuel efficient driving does not increase journey times, telematics helps educate drivers by providing the information fleet managers need to illustrate how savings can be made.

The RAC’s Telematics Report 2016 found a huge increase in the use of telematics up from 38% in the 2015 survey to 65% in 2016.

Businesses are using telematics for a variety of purposes, according to the RAC research:

  • 80% for staff vehicle tracking
  • 54% to monitor driving behaviour for training purposes
  • 47% for accurate mileage reports for tax and expenses purposes
  • 44% for supporting customer service by monitoring delivery vehicle progress
  • 37% for monitoring a vehicle’s ‘health’

To find out how telematics can help you improve your driver’s behaviour click here and make sure you look out for the next in the series of our driving behaviour blog.

 

Hubio launches integrated 3G camera and telematics tracking unit for car, van and truck fleets

  • 3G camera is one of the world’s most accurate
  • Video footage helps support fleets speed up FNOL claims
  • New platform offers fleets a mobile App, faster access to reports and driver coaching

Hubio Fleet has launched its new integrated 3G vehicle camera and tracking unit to coincide with a complete upgrade of its Fleet Manager platform.

The unit which is suitable for installation in a car, van or truck combines all the benefit of a telematics unit with GPS vehicle tracking and driver behaviour monitoring, with a high quality camera all in one unit. It ensures an incident is captured on film to help protect the fleet industry against the growing problem of staged accidents which is increasing insurance premiums.

It records high quality images, even in low light conditions, which are automatically uploaded via the Cloud to the Fleet Manager platform over a private 3G network. This reduces the need to retrieve footage from an SD card, which speeds up the time it takes to view an incident and start the First Notification of Loss FNOL process.

Small enough to be mounted on the windscreen under the rear view mirror or on top of a vehicle dash it also provides drivers with a panic button which can be used in the event of a personal concern or emergency.

“Our 3G unit has been developed to provide a powerful range of tracking services with video imagery to the fleet manager while being quick and easy to install,” explained Russell Olive, Hubio Fleet’s general manager.

“With the majority of larger fleets being self insured the camera plays a vital role in providing filmed assets to support the First Notification of Loss. The assets help support and speed up taking control of the vehicle recovery and repair which is vital in helping keep incident management costs down. Video footage can also support fleets if a claim reaches court,” he added.

Hubio’s upgraded Fleet Manager platform includes increased functionality including driver coaching tools to help address persistent offenders, a customisable tool bar to quickly enable users to access fleet reports, and a mobile App which enables fleet managers to keep an eye on vehicles while they are away from the office via their smart phone.