The emergence of advanced technologies and autonomous vehicles has the potential to develop fundamental changes in the automotive industry. The fleet industry is greatly impacted by the advantages that the automated fleet industry may bring. Autonomous driving typically ranges from self-driving or autonomous vehicles that drive without the intervention of a human driver.
The autonomous driving system is expected to positively impact the future transportation and fleet management system by reducing deaths and injuries, especially carelessness from driver distraction.
The automotive industry continues exploring top-notch ways to make the future of connected vehicles to revolutionize; it has the potential to impact the fleet management system in numerous ways.
The automated fleet industry has the power to reduce the traditional methods of fleet accessing, such as control of the steering wheel, brake, pedal, etc., from human fleet management to advanced methods. The sensor-based advanced technology can handle all the complex fleet systems and contributes to the transformation of the fleet management system.
Apart from all these, fleet managers’ role remains crucial in the autonomous powered fleet management system as it will require fleet managers and back-office staff to supervise every fleet that moves on the road.
Integrating Autonomous Vehicles with The Fleet Management System
Due to the emergence of autonomous vehicles, the amount of data regarding fleet location, routes, and systems are likely to increase at an unprecedented rate. The voluminous amount of data can be beneficial for fleet owners in many ways. This sensitive fleet data must be protected from third-party intruders, who may use these data to carry out theft, accidents, etc. Thus, fleet managers must ensure the fleet system ensures security during the operations, moreover, uses state-of-the-art technologies to stay updated to avoid potential risks.
The Benefits of Integrating Autonomous Vehicles in Fleet Management
According to research conducted on road accidents by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is being stated that 94 percent of road accidents happen due to human error and carelessness. Automated vehicles can thus reduce human error and prevent the majority of road accidents.
With the help of automated driving, by 2040, the truck accident rate could fall to eight crashes per 100 million miles. Automated vehicles can thus eliminate human’s slower reaction time, distracted driving, etc., from the equation and drastically reduce road accidents, and enhance traffic safety.
Reduced Traffic Congestion
Automated driving leads to fewer accidents. When vehicles are automated and carefully controlled, it leads to reduced stop-and-go waves caused by human driving behavior. There is a human tendency to naturally create stop-and-go traffic even in the absence of traffic congestion, bottlenecks, lane changes, etc. The introduction of autonomous vehicles can create smooth traffic flow with reduced congestion.
Real-Time Route Optimization
Besides manual driving, autonomous vehicles can read road conditions in real time and redirect the routes accordingly. They have the ability to follow the best and the most optimized routes in real time.
Automated vehicles can receive information related to road conditions while en-route and coordinate with other vehicles at intersections.
Lower Energy Consumption
Automated vehicles can enhance fuel efficiency by accelerating and decelerating more smoothly than human drivers. Increased fuel efficiencies contribute to more energy savings for the fleets.
An automated fleet management system makes managing the entire fleet management process less convoluted and hassle-free. It provides better transparency to fleet operations and optimized fleet services, thus eliminating the trouble of manually monitoring fleet operations.