30 Jan 19

Telematics survey: safety and management benefits trump driver resistance

Telematics may be on the brink of their breakthrough but how popular is the technology already in practice? In an online survey, Fleet Europe set out to find out what obstacles fleet managers encountered when implementing telematics, what gains they expected and what motivated them to embrace the technology in the first place.

Have you already implemented telematics?

Yes 64%
No 36%

If no, do you intend to implement telematics in 2019?

Yes 44%
No 56%

What is your motivation to adopt telematics?

Driver safety 75%
Vehicle utilisation optimisation 44%
Fuel monitoring 44%
Vehicle tracking 38%
Route optimisation 25%
Driver profiling 13%

What type of vehicles are or will be connected via telematics?

Functional cars 55%
Pool cars 48%
Vans 44%
Benefit cars 35%
Replacement cars 4%

How did you or will you implement telematics?

Organise a pilot 43%
Use consultancy 29%
Select supplier through tender 24%
Through a leasing company 24%
Don't know 5%

What gains do you expect from telematics?

Lower fuel consumption 81%
Better vehicle occupancy and planning 73%
Fewer traffic accidents 58%
Predictive maintenance 48%

What obstacles did you encounter or do you expect when implementing telematics?

Driver buy-in 62%
Privacy regulations 52%
Return on investment 43%
Work council protest and stakeholder resistance 33%
Data collection 33%
Data analysis 33%
Device installation 19%

The results are based on an online survey Fleet Europe held at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, aimed at members of the Global Fleet Managers Club and the Fleet Europe Community.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck