While telematics are used much less by smaller companies (8%), UK adoption is higher than in other European countries (18%) while further growth is expected this year, according to research from the Corporate Vehicle Observatory (CVO).
Of the systems being used by the larger fleets; reducing fuel consumption, monitoring unauthorised use of a vehicle and monitoring driver behaviour are all significant reasons for use. However, the main motivation is to locate and track vehicles.
This tends to be considered as standard practise for LCV fleets while car drivers sometimes react less positively to this type of monitoring.
Despite this, the research shows that in the opinion of fleet operators half of drivers at larger companies are open to the idea of using telematics and more than a third in smaller businesses.
The annual fleet barometer, supported by vehicle leasing and fleet management company Arval, looked at the state of the market across 16 countries with more than 4,800 interviews conducted with fleet decision makers this year.
Mike Waters, senior insight and consultancy manager at Arval, said: ‘In the right circumstances, telematics systems can have an important role to play within the vehicle fleet. They allow companies to effectively keep track of vehicles, plan workload and manage driver behaviour in order to maximise business performance and minimise costs.
‘It is important to understand that telematics systems must be fitted with a clear benefit return in mind. The adoption of telematics systems is not as widespread in smaller companies as tracking becomes less of an issue, while this technology tends to be more popular amongst LCV fleets because of the nature of the work that they do. For car drivers, the benefits are likely to be far more focused towards improvements in driver behaviour.’