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Fleets to lead on tech in business

Date: 06 July 2015   |   Author: Tristan Young

Fleets are on the verge of becoming technology leaders within their respective businesses, according to fleet management software firm Chevin.

Ashley Sowerby, Chevin's managing director claims a range of new technologies such as autonomous cars, telematics, greater use of smartphones and the arrival of 'big data' mean fleet departments are set to become the most advanced department in almost any corporate setting over the next few years.

Sowerby added: "Travel back a generation and the fleet manager was often seen, frequently incorrectly, as simply the person who kept the company cars, vans and trucks running.

"However, the rate of change seen in the role has been almost unbelievable and looks set to accelerate. In terms of technology, the fleet has gone from being the corporate also-ran to its current status at the cutting edge."

Ashley said these developments meant existing fleet managers were having to work hard to keep abreast of new technology while it was also attracting a different kind of person into the role.

"Today, the kind of detailed reporting and overall efficiency gains that are being achieved mean that many fleet departments are seen as very progressive and fleet managers are increasingly being given a seat at the top table."