The 5 need-to-read blog posts about connected vehicles and fleet management

Published by Telefónica IoT Team Smart Mobility, Connected Car

Moving goods and people has been a necessity that is as old as civilization itself. The moment people started to settle and organize socially, moving goods and people swiftly to the farthest places imaginable turned into a prime necessity for society.

The twentieth century meant the explosion of engine powered vehicles. Thus the car, the airplane, lorries, cargo ships, trains and other means of transportation went from technological breakthroughs to mainstream vehicles in only a few years. The end of the twentieth century brought the Internet and the revolution of a connected world. Both technologies have ultimately similar purposes (vehicles connect and transport people and goods whereas the Internet connects devices and transports data). Combining the evolution of the Internet – the IoT – with the most advanced vehicles adds a new set of features to driving that makes them more useful than ever and gives us a glimpse of new features that we will enjoy in the future.

This article goes over some of our most interesting recent contents regarding smart mobility, both in its standalone version – as a connected car (or motorcycle) – or as a fleet of centrally managed vehicles, that we normally refer to as fleet management.

At the beginning of the year, Enrique Centeno from Toyota (one of the main actors in connected vehicle technology) detailed the four main growth areas for IoT Transport that affects both drivers and commuters alike:

  • vehicle safety
  • fleet management
  • on board infotainment
  • other useful features

A competitive advantage for the automotive industry is to anticipate user needs. A few years back it was integrating cartographic on board assistance – which is now considered a standard feature for vehicles. The main challenge, especially in urban spaces, is to efficiently move people and goods without collapsing traffic and in a sustainable manner with the environment.

Smart Cities have efficient urban transportation as one of their core priorities. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is parking. In our post about Smart Parking, we go over the two main models cities are adopting to cover their cities’ parking needs:

  • sensor-based models
  • data-based models

Spain is one of the countries with the highest concentration of Smart Cities per inhabitant. Santander, in the north of the country, and Málaga, in the south, are examples of successful sensor based parking systems. Madrid, the Capital, is an example of a data based parking system.

Vehicles have allowed people to move freely. A charity driven adventure – called Globalrider 80 – has put connected vehicles to the test. Hugo Cerezo has completed an 80 day voyage around the World aboard his Yamaha motorcycle, powered by an IoT Platform that relies on Telefónica’s Global SIM to offer connectivity in any part of the world – the most demanding use case imaginable for connected transport. A few months back we told you about the beginning of his journey and soon we will also publish an account of his charity-driven effort, which has proven that connected vehicles can operate anywhere on Earth.

Fleet management solutions multiply the usefulness of connected vehicles. It is no coincidence that applying technology to assets is the eldest of connected technologies. Fleet management has skillfully adapted to include m2m connectivity and more recently expand to other IoT technologies offering new features and improvements over time. In this post we explain the reasons that spark the demand for these solutions:

  • Fleet Management improves the control of costly assets
  • Any optimization deeply impacts on improving business processes and cutting costs, achieving an overall efficiency improvement
  • Knowing the precise location of assets allows making real-time decisions
  • A progressive drop in connectivity costs improves adoption rates
  • The drop in chip costs has made it possible for businesses of all sizes to add telematics to vehicles

We would finally recommend our Rent-a-car industry infographic, which highlights the benefits that optimized IoT solutions offer:

  • clients benefit from streamlined, faster, customized and more comfortable services
  • rent-a-car companies optimize resources, lower operational costs, eliminate inefficiencies and offer a better service to end users

The automotive industry and its main technology partners have found ways to turn technology into a win-win factor for both end users and the industry through IoT technology.

Telefónica IoT Team