The Growth of Fleet Management

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Summary

Technology encourages employees to value reliable service, convenient access to vehicles, and a simple driving experience from the start of the trip to the end. Fleet managers need to adopt technology that fits into their operations.

As participants and sponsors in fleet events like Government Fleet Expo and Public Fleet Summit, we enjoy seeing open minds embrace new ways of operating. From data aggregation and analytics to safer driving techniques, fleets do not have a lack of opportunity to improve fleet management and operations within their organization.
 

Fortunately, fleet managers are aware of the importance of constantly improving their operations. Employees are consumers as well, and their needs change with what technology makes available. Introducing new processes into existing work flows allow fleets to stay engaged with industry best practices and avoid losing productivity.

However, because of the numerous opportunities out there, it’s often difficult for fleet managers to decide what new technology to invest in, and what is most beneficial in both the short and long term. Since our realm of specialty is in smart motor pools, we will share more information about this to assist fleet managers in understanding the benefits and costs.

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Motor pools come from consolidating vehicles to manage the fleet cost-effectively. Rightsizing an organization’s fleet reduces maintenance costs and encourages better utilization of each vehicle. For any fleet that is facing the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this can also be an opportunity to meet those requirements.
 
In addition, a motor pool supplemented with technology adds transparency to fleet management. With an online reservation system and in-car hardware, fleet managers can see when vehicles are being used, by who, and for how long. Traditional methods of a sign-in sheet and a board to hold the keys leave room for administrative error, which can impact people’s access to vehicles.
 
It is important for fleets to begin modernizing their processes, as technology development is only going to improve more rapidly. People are more online and connected than ever before, and companies need to be where its consumers are.
 
Fortunately, motor pools meet those needs while addressing common pain points that fleet managers often face, such as vehicle accountability and automated logistics. By going the route of connected vehicles and knowing current and upcoming vehicle reservation details, fleet managers won’t have to waste time asking around where vehicle keys are. In addition, if an employee is held up on site and is not able to return the vehicle on time, the system’s automated logistics will assign a new vehicle to the next driver. This process all happens without worry from the fleet manager.
 
As the journey towards innovation becomes more prominent among fleets, it’s also important for fleets to cooperate and work with each other to learn what best practices to implement and how mistakes can be avoided. Fleet associations like NAFA are great for promoting the successes of fleets so others can learn from them.
 
If you are interested in learning more about motor pools, we can connect you with a customer in a similar industry as yours so you can get a better understanding on potential use cases. The fleet industry is constantly evolving and we look forward to helping organizations stay ahead of the game.

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