As each day passes and technology advances, we see that more cars are becoming something called connected vehicles. The connected car itself is already a reality. We see many of us enjoy a wireless phone connection where we can seamlessly make calls from the driver's seat, listen to our latest playlists on various applications, and even ask our car to perform simple tasks such as calling somebody or even reading a text message. But as time will move on there will be more features that are vehicles become connected. Here are five ways that our vehicles are becoming more connected themselves.
For many years drivers have been faced with tough decisions when it comes to choosing either a petrol or diesel model. Each has its own benefits in terms of performance, economy and how much you pay at the pumps; but in recent years we’ve seen diesel drivers being punished because of their carbon dioxide emissions. While it’s great for the environment that the powers that be are looking to reduce emissions by forcing manufacturers to develop more environmentally-friendly vehicles, diesel drivers and transport managers have been feeling the effects in their bank accounts. There have already been a number of increases in terms of taxation and potential penalties, and there have even been talks about many diesel cars dropping in value over the next few years affecting drivers when it comes to selling their existing models.
Technology is a strange sector where so many radical new inventions come along all tipped to be “the next big thing.” Whether it’s a smartphone, a laptop or some kind of witchcraft-controlled device that lets you switch all the lights in your home on without moving from your sofa; we’ve seen some incredible innovations and plenty of fairly poor ones too.
A few years ago, the introduction of electric and hybrid cars was a much-promising, greener alternative to petrol-run vehicles. But, that was about it. The technologies used a decade ago did not allow investors to decide to invest in electric vehicles for their fleet because thy did not offer the conveniences and functionalities that their petrol peers provide.
For any business, it is all about the costs, and maintaining a fleet of vehicles can certainly make those costs skyrocket when not looked after carefully. The issue many businesses find, or even fleet managers responsible for the vehicles and policies in place, is that driving the vehicles is technically out of your control. All any company can do is place their trust in the employee who drives the fleet van or car. However, more businesses are looking at the beneficial uses of telematics in their fleets.
Over the years we’ve seen all kinds of different forms of technology developed to aid drivers going about their daily duties. Some have certainly worked and saved drivers hours in terms of time they would’ve spent in motorway queues, while others haven’t worked quite so effectively. One thing that has been developed in recent years that has without a doubt benefited drivers and fleet managers alike, however, is telematics. Designed to provide instant feedback to managers back at the depot and drivers out on the road, telematics systems utilise all kinds of different forms of data to give accurate, real-time information that can then be used to inform decisions further along the route and for the fleet of drivers as a whole.
A car that can drive itself? It certainly could be a flagship visionary for many company fleets as you begin to tally up exactly how much a human driver costs your business each year. The salary, the expenses, and not to mention those unforeseen costs like speeding fines, etc. However, it is fast becoming a reality as more manufacturers look at the option of driverless technology and how it can be implemented into vehicles that we could see on the road in the UK. Which is why we thought it might be worth sharing some more information on these autonomous vehicles. A little background and history and even some suggestions on how it could help your business moving forward.
Has GPS Vehicle Tracking taken a huge step to kicking off the I.O.T revolution? Have a read of our latest piece from our Operations Director - Scott Chesworth
Back in March we launched our new and improved settings window, with the addition of a ‘Vehicle Monitoring’ function, allowing the user to receive on screen alerts by exception. It is our mission here at RAM to continually strive to make our system even better for you, as well as ensure we keep on top of the latest advances in technology. June marks the release of our latest new features, the ‘General Settings’ window and the ‘Reporting Dashboard’.
With the onslaught of economic gloom we’ve had thrust upon us recently, it would be unthrifty of us to pay over the odds for any service or commodity that neither provided us with a return on investment or provided no benefit in some shape or form to us personally. Emotional shopping habits can lead us into craving things that we may not need but lust for nonetheless. More and more so, we are looking to tighten the purse strings and make the most of our money.
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