HOW ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS (ADAS) WILL IMPACT FLEETS
ADAS are already having a huge impact on the fleet industry, not just from a driver safety aspect, but from a vehicle maintenance standpoint too.
Core functionalities include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), crash collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring. There are plenty more that could be included, and each has been designed to improve driver safety. For example, AEB has been cited as reducing real-world crashes by 38%.
The impact of on-going costs
Vehicles are becoming more complex, and as a result of this, maintenance costs increase. However, these expenditures should not put leasing companies off expanding their fleets with ADAS-equipped vehicles.
Simply put, they’re crucial to improving driver safety and cutting vehicle downtime. When considering the costs of future replacement ADAS technology, it’s important that companies compare the costs involved with a driver being involved in an accident, with the costs involved when replacing individual parts or components.
The future impact of vehicle connectivity
Whilst ADAS do have an impact on the safety of drivers, Big Data and vehicle connectivity play a key role in developing future strategies for fleet management too.
For example, if the data collected from geo-location technology can be used to track vehicle journeys, a fleet manager can see if drivers are on the road for longer than they need to be. This could be as a result of a route that takes them onto more congested or dangerous roads.
This data could be combined with ADAS technology to regularly advise drivers to take shorter routes, some of which could be less congested and safer for them to travel. This would result in optimised driver road time and reduced fuel costs.
The impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
As in-car technology evolves, so do the vehicles themselves. Over the last few years, the industry has seen an increase in the number of PHEVs on the roads.