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Embrace connected car data to reduce breakdowns, says AA

Fleets are being urged to make use of connected car data to help reduce the number of breakdowns.

36% of fleet breakdowns could have been prevented

36% of fleet breakdowns could have been prevented

The call comes from the AA which has recently teamed up with Trakm8 to launch its Fleet Intelligence product to identify breakdown scenarios and the causes behind them. According to a Fleet Intelligence review, 36% of fleet breakdowns could have been prevented. Yet, the AA’s research has found that just 33% of managers use connected car data to improve safety and efficiency across their fleets.

“We’re keen to help businesses and fleet managers to make best use of the available connected car technology benefits,” said Stuart Thomas, director of AA Fleet and SME services. “The AA’s Fleet Intelligence system generates invaluable data that can deliver huge improvements in risk management and efficiency.

“The data identified the top avoidable faults that drivers experienced as those incurred by coil, turbo and DPF (diesel particulate filter) issues. Our system also shows the average number of days that passed between fault development and breakdown, as well as identifying the total percentage of same day breakdowns. Not only does this highly valuable data have the potential to decrease levels of downtime, it also allows fleet managers to prioritise employee safety by allowing them to swiftly respond to dangerous faults which arise, providing the data generated is regularly analysed.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.