A fleet is a fleet no matter the number of vehicles involved in it.
Whether it is a small fleet consisting of only two vehicles or a large fleet involving 2000 or more vehicles, the tracking system and fleet management software are tools for efficient vehicle management.
Nevertheless, the basic function of fleet management system includes monitoring vehicles, scheduling trips, and recording the events and the routes of the trips undertaken.
Ordinarily, sophisticated and advanced versions of GPS based vehicle tracking systems provide data storage and its retrieval at later stages for analysis.
The needs might vary depending on the size of the fleet and future plans.
Consequently, the technology is fast growing and has found superior versions since its first appearance.
The future versions will have further surprises in store.
1. Geo Fencing Features
With the utilization of Geo-fencing feature, you will be able to set boundaries within the work location and once a vehicle leaves that boundary, you will receive instant alerts.
Advanced GPS vehicle tracking system is utilized to measure area and mark geographical limits.
Certain system utilizes the Google Map while others base their calculations on the latitude and longitude defined by users.
This user defined points on the routes can be marked as the POI (Points of Interest) for future references.
Also, this feature can be utilized in safari vehicle so that the spotting of animals at certain locations can be mapped accurately and any behavioural changes can be noticed at the earliest.
2. Automated Driving
Driver-less cars are being developed.
GPS enabled vehicle tracking systems can ease the task by entering the coordinates of the destination and determine the best possible route of travel while you might be busy with preparing the conference presentation or simply be taking a nap to energize yourself.
3. Augmented Reality
No human is immune to fatigue and stress. Frequently, drivers forget to provide adequate signals to pedestrians and fellow drivers while on the road.
Whatever the reason might be, a mistaken signal invites dangers while driving.
Sensors to recognize the presence of pedestrians near the vehicle, alarms to signal over speeding, signalling entry of the vehicle into a restricted area, etc. can be integrated into the GPS based vehicle tracking system, thus transforming driving as a pleasant experience.
GPS tracking devices provide directions for drivers to ease the driving.
However, with the technology improvisation, you will be able to view such directions appear on the windshield so that drivers need not glance down on the GPS screen.
Voice based messages at times dies down in the noise inside the vehicle.
Different tones and pitches can be utilized to alert the driver with a furthermore personal approach.
This can also assist to alert the driver to slow down ahead of the curve or turns.
4. Automated Payment at Tolls and Parking Lots
Location based services can be utilized for calculating the amount to be paid at toll booths based on the distance travelled and automatically be deducted from the owner’s account.
Similarly, payment for the parking lots can be calculated automatically based on the duration of the vehicle stoppage analyzed from the GPS location data.
6. Vehicle Sharing for Efficient Utilization of Assets
In certain cases, fleets might be smaller in size and unable to provide services to distant locations.
Even if services are provided, fleet owners might be forced to charge double the distance travelled due to the cost of the return fare.
An integrated approach between different fleets can ease the task with each cab service allowing the sharing of passengers.
Cabs can also be shared by two or more passengers on the same route and the fare therefore can become cheaper accordingly.
This has already been implemented in major cities across the world and the GPS enabled smart phones and apps provide an enormous assistance to successfully implement vehicle sharing.
Future GPS tracking systems also aim to provide precise and accurate information regarding the location of the vehicle.
Here’s an interesting Slideshare presentation on 10 different applications of GPS technology in our everyday life: