Fleet management has much in common with ATC (air traffic control) functions. Just as ATC staff are charged with managing the course of hundreds of aircraft entering and leaving their airspace each day, fleet managers are tasked with managing the routes of 10s, 100s, or even 1,000s of vehicles each day. Previously, managers could coordinate truck stops individually, but for multi-stop routes, it was a great deal more difficult and time-consuming. How can fleet managers handle budget constraints and keep their fleets within them, if they aren’t able to efficiently manage multi-stop routes?
Navman Wireless’s fleet tracking solution allows dispatchers to get ahead of their fleets by enabling them to calculate the most expedient driving route – up to 25 stops – in one click. Results are instantaneously transmitted to the best driver, along with turn-by-turn navigation. Fleets of every stripe – from service vehicles, to construction equipment transporters – can save an average of 55 minutes in planning and relaying route instructions for an average 10-stop route through this kind of automated route optimization. Clearing the deadwood from fleet route optimization in this way also cuts an average of 10 miles, 20 minutes, and $1.50/gallon in fuel for similar routes.
THE COSTS OF CUTTING CORNERS
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came out with their 2013 report showing an uptick in accidents (fatal and otherwise) between 2011 and 2012. Another industry report found that nearly one-third of all accidents were associated with speeding. When drivers have to stop and wrangle with maps to determine the best route for a multi-stop passage, when the route has to be adjusted on an ad hoc basis, stop by stop, and when dispatch-driver communication is disruptive, drivers can engage in behavior (e.g., speeding, driving while texting, etc.) that puts them at greater risk of accident, in their effort to make their delivery schedules.
Navman Wireless’s fleet tracking software, pulls everything dispatchers need for route optimization into one interface: location, operations and performance data (on-road vehicles and construction equipment). Live traffic conditions are seamlessly integrated into multi-stop dispatch routes and related to the appropriate driver by voice navigation. This translates into safer drivers and more efficient dispatches.
Giving dispatchers state-of-the-art tools that allow them to optimize their performance and that of their drivers, is a prudent investment that just keeps returning on the principal. The following textbook cases are just a few real-life examples of the way Navman Wireless helps drivers and fleets work better every day.
ROUTE OPTIMIZATION TEXTBOOK CASES
ALLIANCE PEST CONTROL
Each service call’s time is monitored, improving technician efficiency. Productivity has increased by $250 per vehicle and overtime has been reduced by at least 40 hours a week.
Total Savings: $5,440 a month
GPS navigation allows Jaris to give drivers the most expedient route, instantly. In the event of a breakdown, the Navman tracking and messaging system allows dispatchers to dispatch the closest bus, reducing service delays.
Total Fuel Savings: $200 per vehicle per month
Satellite mapping means lost or late vehicles are instantaneously tracked, downtime is eliminated, and safety gets a boost. Trucks are rapidly rerouted, without having to search maps, through Navman Wireless’s route optimization. The “Route To” function allows for the dispatch team to route the closest vehicle to a site, moments after a request is made.
Total Fuel Savings: $843.75 per vehicle per month
Navman Wireless’s “live fleet location screen” captures the precise location of each vehicle in their fleet so that dispatchers can swiftly send the appropriate vehicle, cutting down on wasted time and fuel, and reducing wear-and-tear on their pricey arsenal (each heavy-duty sweeper costs $180,000). Navman Wireless’s “Trip Report”, “Replay a Day”, and “M-Nav”, give LoRe’s dispatchers the tools they need to better route drivers and monitor each day’s activity.