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  November 3rd, 2016 | Written by

Truck Fleets Aren’t Monitoring Onboard Computer Data

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  • Fleet Advantage survey reveals startling number of truck fleets don't monitor onboard computer data.
  • Dispatching and logistics data widely utilized by truck fleets.
  • Less than six percent of truck fleets monitor fuel consumption data.

Business intelligence firm Fleet Advantage has unveiled the results of its latest industry survey, which shows that many fleet professionals aren’t leveraging onboard computer (OBC) data to pinpoint operational cost-savings potential.

The online survey was presented to more than 2,000 fleet industry and transportation professionals. One-hundred percent of survey respondents said that their OBC data assists with managing overall fleet operating performance to lower costs. However, the specifics of what they’re monitoring show that they’re widely missing an opportunity to identify key areas of cost reduction.

While 70 percent of industry professionals regularly monitor OBC data for driver logs and dispatching, only six percent utilize it to gain insight on fuel consumption (roughly 70 percent of a fleet’s annual operating costs).

“In an age where computers drive every aspect of our business operations, it’s surprising to learn that many fleets are underutilizing the data that impacts their company’s bottom line,” said Brian Holland, President and CFO of Fleet Advantage. “In today’s highly competitive environment where margins continue to be compressed, a deliberate focus on analysis of key OBC data can save fleets millions and provide fleet operators with a competitive advantage. With the considerable amount of OBC data available, and the time constraints of fleet executives to consider, it can be overwhelming to organize and analyze the data in order to make informed decisions for their fleet operations.”

The survey also revealed that 33 percent of respondents cannot quantify operational savings using OBC reporting. Of the remaining respondents, 10 percent report annual savings of $4,000 per vehicle or greater; 10 percent reported savings of $2,000 to 3,000; 44 percent reported savings of $500 to $2,000; and three percent reported savings of $500 or less.