Upgrading the Construction Vehicle: Fuel Savings, Improved Power and Safety


I’m a construction vehicle. You’ve seen me hauling massive materials such as lumber, concrete, construction equipment, and other heavy duty payloads. Have you ever thought about what it takes to make large construction vehicles perform efficiently? It takes quite a bit, actually. I differ from other kinds of vehicles in that my duties are split between long stretches of idling and the need for more power than average to carry heavy loads, while having to obey very high safe operations standards.

Fuel savings from optimized idling

Fuel can be one of the largest operating costs when it comes to managing construction vehicles. Being conscious of both fuel costs and emissions, managers of construction fleets seek opportunities to cut unnecessary fuel use. Idling can result in significant fuel waste: 0.25-0.5 gallons of fuel is consumed per hour of idling, which adds up once you consider how many hours a vehicle can idle at a construction site. Derive’s upgrades reduce idle RPM so that less fuel is consumed during idle periods yet enough power is delivered for proper operation of all equipment. These intelligent idling profiles are tailored to the specific vehicle and its particular mission.


On the other hand, it takes power to get the work done; optimizing power to the task at hand is critical. With Derive VQ, fleet managers have the ability to upgrade their vehicles’ power settings to levels that safely fit the mission. Every vehicle that comes off the production line is suited to carry some sort of load, but the requirements of a construction vehicle are usually above average. Whether a manager wants to customize a truck so its maximum power is only accessed when absolutely necessary or there is a particularly heavy load that needs additional power to reach the job site, Derive ensures that construction vehicles’ power can be customized how, when, and where necessary to get the job done.


In a construction zone, safety is paramount. The possibility that a serious accident occurs is always high. Ensuring construction vehicles are handled safely is crucial to keeping the construction site safe. The Derive VQ platform enables construction fleet managers to control important safety features.

  1. Speeding: managers can enable speed governing, ensuring that a construction vehicle is never operated faster than is deemed safe.
  2. Distracted drivers: drivers can be distracted by multiple stimuli, with smartphones being the most pernicious. Locking down the driver’s smartphone to manager-approved apps (e.g., turn-by-turn directions and emergency calls) can prevent that distraction, empowering fleet managers to prevent emailing, texting, posting, internet searching, or phone calls when the driver is on the job.
  3. Seatbelts: to take safety one step further, managers can require that seatbelts are fastened before vehicles will start, thereby mitigating the cost and personal injuries due to accidents.
  4. Maintenance: Derive VQ continually pulls usage data from the vehicle itself, including maintenance notifications that managers can use to prevent vehicle use until the maintenance is complete.

Safe vehicle operations must be a priority for construction vehicles and maintaining a safe work environment has never been more streamlined into the fleet management process.

The Derive VQ platform - the cloud-powered connection of hardware, software, and a smartphone app - integrates seamlessly with vehicles to deliver these upgrades. In addition to enabling managers to optimize their fleets with upgrades to the control system, Derive equips fleet managers with intelligent telematics insights so that they can understand all aspects of their vehicles’ performance. Together, this gives them the tools to proactively improve operations and act on critical fleet data to get the performance they need