Find 5 answers to your fleet management FAQs

There are a lot of terms and acronyms in fleet management: GPS tracking, telematics, FMS, FMCs, AVM, etc., and a lot of fleet management solutions are similar so it can get confusing quick on what you might need for your fleet.

Find the answers to the five most common questions we're asked about fleet management software and technology to find the right tool or combination of tools for your operations. 

1. What is GPS tracking?

GPS tracking is simply tracking your vehicles or assets with a GPS (Global Positioning System)-enabled device. A fleet manager or dispatcher can track vehicles, assets, and drivers in real-time and see where anyone or anything is on a map.

2. What is telematics?

Most modern telematics solutions build off of GPS tracking as its base and then add additional features like reports, driver scorecards, geofencing, fuel usage, engine diagnostic codes, trip history, and so on.

Telematics offers fleet managers the opportunity to dive deep into the data collected on their vehicles and analyze it to find trends and areas of improvement within their fleet.

3. How does it work?

These systems rely on GPS, so typically a device is installed into the vehicle that sends data through cell networks and satellite to a network server, which then reads and organizes that data on a map where the fleet manager can see it.

Some devices simply put dots on a map, and some offer robust data points – it all depends on the device you install and what it’s capable of reading off the vehicle.

4. What is Active Vehicle Management?

Active Vehicle Management (AVM) allows fleet managers to manage their vehicles, not their drivers. Traditional telematics requires managers reviewing the data, identifying ways to improve operations, and then training drivers on those new procedures. AVM directly modifies the fleet vehicles’ engine to perform the way it needs to for the job it does.

That can be through reducing the idle RPM for improved fuel efficiency, putting a speed limiter on the vehicle, optimizing shift patterns for more control and power, as well as some safety features like seatbelt compliance and Distracted Driver Prevention™ which locks a driver’s phone when they’re driving.

Instead of just reading data from the device like most GPS tracking and telematics, AVM reads the data and can write new code to enhance your vehicle’s performance.

5. What are the top three benefits?

There are many benefits to adding telematics and AVM to your fleet, but the most impactful benefits include:

  • Fuel efficiency: Get more MPG from each vehicle in your fleet and plan better routes for improved fuel economy.
  • Safety: Ensure drivers adhere to safety policies with driver scorecards and stop certain risky behaviors like speeding with speed limiters.
  • Productivity: Map more efficient routes, track drivers’ time at job sites, idle time, and jobs completed.

Download our guide to complementing telematics with AVM to learn how these technologies can benefit your fleet with long-term results.