Anyone who spends a lot of time on the road has experienced it. Everything’s running on time, ahead of schedule even, when some unforeseen and utterly unexpected thing causes a traffic jam. And there goes the schedule.
Getting stuck in traffic is frustrating. Period. But for those who make their living driving, or those who manage fleets of vehicles and drivers, it is especially so. Managing and maintaining a fleet is difficult enough without the regular incidents and accidents so common in city driving.
More and more fleet drivers and managers are turning to technology to help them plan routes and assist in real-time navigation. One of the perks of living in the internet age is that GPS satellites, as well as user-contributed feedback allows GPS navigation systems to provide constant feedback and live traffic conditions.
Technology today is such that, with the right device and the right service, vehicles can be equipped with constant updates both from installed GPS systems. More than that, the vehicle systems provide return data back to the tracking systems and into cloud-based servers that allow fleet managers to see any issues that might occur. In other words, fleet managers can advise their drivers based on real-time, live traffic conditions.
Re-routing and re-planning becomes far easier with a system like this. Drivers are able to see what they’re heading into. This is always true for vehicles equipped with GPS systems, but the difficulty typically lies in re-planning routes based on the traffic updates.
Working solo, a driver encountering a traffic jam is forced to pull off the road, check out their route planning and devise a better way to get their work done. However, with a live traffic conditions system in place, a remote route planner is able to do this from their office and advise drivers in real time. This increases the amount of time the driver can spend actually driving, and keeps them from losing productivity.
Even better, a system like this can be used across an entire fleet, allowing it to be managed remotely. A savvy manager or a small team is able to orchestrate big operations quickly and easily if adverse traffic conditions arise.
The tracking and monitoring system stores driving and traffic data, too. That means managers and planners can fine-tune their routes. Regular problem spots and intersections can be avoided consistently when they can be tracked. Areas suffering regular congestion or accidents can be reconsidered for less problematic times of day. Really, there’s no limit to what can be done with the data.
There’s a good reason that fleet operators are using live traffic updates and GPS monitoring systems more and more. The benefits far outweigh the minimal cost.