Telematics in box seat says Humphries


Telematics in box seat says Humphries
Telematics is on the march.

 

Telematics will soon be viewed no differently than any other commercial vehicle component, an industry expert insists.

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) chief engineer, product strategy Simon Humphries sees the trend as inevitable and the company notes that the direction of regulation and industry acceptance.  

"Telematics will be soon viewed as part of the truck – just like the engine or transmission – rather than seen as an accessory," Humphries says. 

The manufacturer points to industry statistics to bolster the point.

A November 2015 ACA Research omnibus study on telematics adoption in the road freight industry showed that 39 per cent of trucks and fleets in the country are using telematics of some description. Of these, 91 per cent are fleets with more than 25 trucks.

In comparison, the telematics usage rate among owner-drivers and smaller fleets is low.

Only 23 per cent of fleets of three to five trucks use telematics, with the usage rate falling to 5 per cent for owners of one to two trucks.

The research shows transport operators use an average of five features from what’s available on the market.

Given the technological advances in how our roads are regulated, transport operators, big and small, are going to find themselves engaging with telematics one way or the other.

Whether it’s a single in-vehicle device such as a satellite navigation unit, multiple devices for multiple needs, or an integrated unit such as Isuzu Telematics, the technology is here to stay.

It’s the operators who understand telematics, analyse the data and take the appropriate actions are going to be the ones who come out on top, both in terms of their bottom line today and in understanding the technology’s potential to shape operational efficiencies in the future.

Other key statistics Isuzu points to include:

  • 97 per cent of telematics is being used for vehicle tracking
  • 61 per cent for fatigue management
  • 56 per cent for driver performance management
  • navigation and vehicle performance monitoring at 53 per cent and 48 per cent respectively.

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