The next big things for heavy trucking when it comes to vehicle telematics is something ‘contextual utilization’ as it relates to maintenance and security, among other key areas.
“Contextual utilization” can be used to describe truck maintenance based on usage data, not mileage or time periods, says telematics expert Toby Weir-Jones in a Q&A with Fleet Owner.
The classic “use case” of sticking to a rigid schedule for service events is an indirect expense because there may be conditions under which the risk of not performing maintenance sooner than those prescribed intervals may be too large to ignore,. To make that an informed decision, however, requires a lot more than the classic “dots on a map” telematics feeds.
Weir-Jones, head of the fleet division at CalAmp; a company that acquired tracking solutions provider LoJack Corp., spoke with Fleet Owner about how the trucking telematics sector is radically different than automotive – particularly when it comes to maintenance schedules – data integration options for connecting commercial vehicle and operation systems; underserved markets in ground transportation telematics; the future of cargo security and theft prevention.
Read the full interview here.