Many industries are reaping the rewards that advanced technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) can offer. One such industry is fleet management, specifically telematics.
With an AI-powered telematics platform, businesses can not only see the right data at the right time but also benefit from the technology’s ability to predict potential incidents. In doing so, it is helping fleets operate more safely. The value of AI lies in its ability to provide insights into how your fleet is operating without any human bias to interfere in the process. However, it’s important to remember that it’s the experience and knowledge of fleet operators that ultimately make the decisions based on these insights and turn it into valuable outcomes.
Especially enterprises with large fleets have a lot to gain from the advanced telematics data that is collected about fleet activity, such as GPS location, distance travelled, fuel consumption, driving performance and more. With AI technology, the type of data than fleets are able to monitor is taken a step further with it including:
- lane departure detection;
- driver fatigue monitoring;
- drivers smoking while driving;
- drivers texting or calling while driving; and
- risk of a front collision warning (and more).
By combining the collected information with machine learning as well as advanced big data analytics, fleet operators can get a complete view of their fleet and what’s happening. In addition, rather than spending hours and hours trying to interpret the data in order to use it to make informed decisions about how to best manage a fleet, machine learning can automatically highlight important alerts, such as fatigue or drivers participating in risky driving behaviours. Moreover, it can help deliver other fleet efficiencies including, but not limited to:
- Smart routing.
- Knowing when to substitute different vehicles or trucks.
- Predicting fuel usage using multiple data sets, including driver behaviours and vehicle conditions.
- Comparing driver delivery times to other metrics and watching behaviours in real time with the use of AI camera technology installed in the cabin of the vehicle.
In summary, AI-powered telematics will become an integral part of the way in which fleets operate. Whilst this technology may seem like it’s something way off in the future, it is definitely becoming more mainstream and many fleets are now using machine learning to be smarter, safer and more efficient.
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