Today in Fleet – Thursday 17 August
All the key news in fleet…
WEX Telematics tool officialy unveiled
WEX Europe Services, provider of Esso’s fuel card, believes their new tool will help businesses manage their fleets and control their costs more efficiently.
The cloud-based system is driven by GPS technology and uses live vehicle tracking data to pinpoint the exact location of a fleet’s vehicles and provide real-time updates on each vehicle’s speed, journey history, estimated journey time, idling time and driver performance.
The WEX Telematics app is available to download for free and suitable for mobile and tablet devices. From the app, users can call or text a driver to send directions to their destination, which the makers claim is perfect for avoiding traffic jams.
Chevin enables easier access to fleets’ data
Chevin Fleet Solutions has bolstered its FleetWave management software with a function enabling users to combine and extract real-time data more easily using bespoke applications.
The API (Application Programming Interface) tool means fleets can build their own tools to integrate data from external sources, and securely produce and share automated reports from FleetWave’s internal tables. It’s claimed this could save time, and offer better decision-making using
Ashley Sowerby, Chevin’s managing director, explained: “If you want to maximise the efficiency of your fleet and minimise its cost, then fleet cannot operate as a standalone entity. It needs to be tightly integrated into the whole corporate structure. If you can deliver high levels of integration with critical internal systems, then all kinds of new efficiencies and decision-making opportunities are created.”
New EV route planning software launched
MyRouteMonkey software is now live online and free to use, which the makers claim will banish range anxiety by optimising routes for electric cars.
The company behind the software, Route Monkey, which is part of the Trakm8 Group, says MyRouteMonkey is particularly useful when planning longer journeys, as it calculates the complete route and recharging schedule in a matter of seconds – far quicker than manually planning a route.
Drivers choosing their start point, destination and type of electric vehicle. From this data, MyRouteMonkey calculates the best route and provides instructions on when, where and how long recharging stops should take. The software also displays the cost of each charge point, the plug-types available, supplier network operator and power level possible.
A useful feature not previously seen on other EV routing software is the ability to define the charge limit for the EV, e.g. to 80%, in order to both preserve the battery and reduce time spent at a charge point.