Fleets ‘mobility’ key for future

The future of fleet management will increasingly include mobility, not just vehicles, according to Chevin.

The software specialists predict that fleet management could increasingly incorporate employee mobility as well as vehicle information, as more organisations turn to ‘big data’ to meet their transport and asset needs.

Chevin Fleet Solutions, managing director Ashley Sowerby explained, ‘As more organisations work to harness so-called ‘big data’ and integrate it meaningfully into their operations, they may be able to pinpoint savings opportunities that extend well beyond a traditional fleet approach.

‘For example, we have seen instances where, rather than just being handed the keys to a company car, employees are being offered a range of different travel options or some kind of overall mobility allowance.

‘This is especially relevant for employees who travel largely within cities between urban areas, where there are other transport solutions readily available – from the train through to car clubs.’

By incorporating mobility-related data into fleet management systems, Ashley added, fleets could use this information to help improve utilisation not just of their vehicles, but also of workforces.

He continued, ‘In such cases, it could be argued that the employee is being managed in a similar way to a fleet asset.

‘We are seeing more businesses move to a position where what we think of as core ‘fleet management software’ is, in fact, being used as a corporate asset management system. In some respects, it could be argued that employees are another element in this equation.

‘By stripping back the function of the fleet to these kinds of fundamentals, all transport requirements become a simple matter of mobility. Whether a person is moved by car, train or taxi makes little difference, as does the method by which those modes of transport are utilised.’