In a nutshell, 2020 has been an odd year. Not ignoring the obvious, this year has set some extreme precedents. The fleet industry has been challenged in many ways – everything from having to scale up to meet increased demand, to health and safety related challenges, to potentially even having excess time and lowered demand for their services. According to Fleet Owner Magazine, everything from falling rates & decreased demand, to increased insurance rates and tariffs, to driver shortages and increased driver pay has had an effect. Fleets have had to quickly address these issues and find solutions.
The Impact of 2020
In the face of adversity, fleets across the industry have had to push forward and navigate unknown terrain, while finding solutions to new challenges. Common industry-wide challenges are:
- Cost cutting
- Increasing driver health and safety measures
- Working on tighter deadlines – needing more logistical and planning tools
- Excess idle time
Not all fleets have been affected equally. Initially, some fleets, such as those in food distribution for grocery chains, saw surges in demand, while fleets servicing the restaurant and hospitality industry, as well as some manufacturing fleets, have experienced a decrease in demand. However, this disadvantage can be turned into an unforeseen advantage. Fleets that are otherwise too busy for anything beyond “business as usual” on normal days have been able to seize the opportunity to consider and implement solutions that can help them in the future. Use this extra time to ensure a safer future.
According to an article by Fleet Management Weekly, many fleets have suffered from the effects of not planning for potential problems down the road. Forward thinking, and the ability to plan for the problems of tomorrow, can greatly help fleets on either side of this spectrum.
Forward Thinking - The Key to Smarter Fleets
Plan for the challenges of tomorrow. The fleets who are best able to prepare for challenges down the road are more effective at managing their operations today. Take elements from the following areas to create your own strategy that focuses on effective use of technology, safety, and planning.
- Using data and insights to make decisions - not relying on feelings or emotions but looking at the numbers when implementing policies or changes.
- Embracing technology - taking advantage of technology solutions designed to help! It can be scary or seem daunting to look to technology sometimes, but I speak for Mobileye when I say that we are here to help you. Without fleet technology, you’re going to struggle to answer very important questions.
- Moral Obligation to Road Users & Drivers/Focus on safety - this seems obvious, but to many it’s not. Safety is arguably more important now than it ever has been, and successful fleets embrace this. There are often many unintended benefits that fleets encounter when deciding to ramp up safety among their drivers, including reduced costs & insurance premiums.
- Taking an integrated approach - the most successful fleets incorporate elements of all of these principles. Mobileye has innovated over the past few years to bring you an integrated, all-in-one solution that addresses all of these. I’m excited to share it with you now.
Addressing the Impact of 2020
Increased Safety & Cost Cutting
During a time where safety on and off the job is a top priority, driver habits are more important than ever. Additionally, focusing on and ramping up your driver safety efforts can have some unexpected benefits on your bottom line – specifically when you look at taking measures to prevent and mitigate collisions.
Driver Metrics for Easier Management
Consider solutions that encompass telematics and can provide you with detailed insights on driving metrics, such as:
- Safety Metrics – alert data on driving habits, such as tailgating, near-misses, harsh braking, and unintended lane departures
- Driver Scoring – easily identify which drivers could use more coaching or a reward for safe driving
- Tracking – ensure your drivers stay on route and analyze route efficiency and safety with track & trace features
- Boundaries – set predefined boundaries for drivers to keep them within a prescribed area with geo-fencing
Having access to insights, such as the ones listed above, gives you the ability to make data-driven decisions and answer questions you may not have previously been able to answer.
Future Proofing Your Technology Investments
Over the air updates ensure that your technology remains up to date, without the need to install the latest generation or human intervention. This ensures that your investment does not become obsolete, and that you can continue to receive the most recent version of software, updates, and new features.
How Can We Help?
Mobileye is a world leader in collision avoidance technology, providing safety solutions for fleets across the industry. At Mobileye, we are a global leader in computer vision and machine learning, and we are experts at extracting information from cameras. Twenty-eight of the leading automakers around the world rely on Mobileye technology for their advanced driver assistance systems, and over 60 million vehicles worldwide are already equipped with the Mobileye chip inside. Many fleets have looked to Mobileye to help reduce collision rates and lower costs, experiencing positive results in the process. To name a few:
- Dish Network: 73% drop in the number of in-scope collisions
- AmbuTrans Ambulette: 91% reduction in collision-related costs
- Seman-Tov Bus Company: 50% reduction in front-end collisions.
We’ve innovated our existing product to address the needs of a changing industry, and help you plan for the future.
Our newest offering, Mobileye 8 Connect offers nighttime detection of pedestrians and cyclists, increased accuracy and speed through enhanced AI-computer vision, and a greater field of view that detects potential hazards from a greater distance
- Improves driver safety to and from drop-offs and pickups
- Aids in cost-cutting by reducing the cost of collision and collision aftermath
We’ve also added an optional Mobileye 8 Connect Platform, with light telematics features and tools for gaining driver insights to be used in future decision making.
When it comes to building smarter & safer fleets, we believe the key is to continue planning and looking to the future.