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On-board telematics, levers for the driver

On-board telematics, levers for the driver

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Episode 1 – Levers for the driver


In the current age of big data and digital transformation, on-board telematics have become a key component of new vehicles. Drivers now sit on a goldmine of information, and a wealth of levers ready to be pulled.


The value of on-board technology has been on a continuous rise in recent years. A study by management consulting firm Oliver Wyman found that on-board technology accounted for almost 40% of a vehicle’s manufacturing value in 2015, up from only 20% in 2005. And with this increased value comes increased utility for drivers. Telematics provide heaps of information about driving conditions and a vehicle’s use, as the “private mode” is delegated to the drivers,  allowing them to easily manage their professional and personal trips: “The drivers are fully empowered to monitor the vehicle use”  notes Brigitte Fouque, Arval Active Link’s programme director. Even better, drivers are able to assess their driving performance and statistics, helping them adopt safer and more eco-friendly driving habits. A benefit to themselves and their fellow road users.

These adjustments can drastically reduce the environmental impact. To facilitate such initiatives, fuel consumption data based on combination of driving behavior and driving events captured by embeded telematics enable the drivers to control their own contribution.  This information is also useful for fleet managers, who can use the data and reports to better support a safety and eco driving policy.  .


A global approach

However, telematics alone can only go so far. The best results come when they are backed up by training and coaching sessions . This method can lower fuel, and therefore CO2 emissions by between 10% and 15%.


GPS and routing optimisation are both levers to spend less time on the road. “Through routes analysis, drivers might cut driving time by 10%, depending on the environment and activity,” points out Brigitte Fouque.  Additionally, monitoring accidents risks linked to driving behaviour can help reduce drastically their frequency. Encouraging figures that are worth some careful attention.

As well as cutting fuel consumption, smoother driving also reduces the vehicle’s natural wear and tear, especially on the brakes and tyres.


A constant process

To operate  the full potential of the enormous amounts of data available, they must be integrated in a continuous and collaborative improvement plan. The initiative must also be supported by all stakeholders as a company project . “The power of on-board telematics can only be harnessed with the management’s support. It is a company decision for the benefit of its employees,” concludes the programme director.