Driver safety main motivation for fleet telematics adoption, Arval finds
11 October 2022
Author: Sean Keywood
Driver safety is the main reason for UK fleets adopting telematics systems, ahead of improving security and locating vehicles, according to research by Arval.
The latest finding from the leasing company's Mobility Observatory Barometer survey of fleet decision-makers found 37% named improving driver safety or behaviour as motivation.
This was ahead of 34% for both improving security and locating vehicles, 24% for reducing fleet costs, and 22% for improving operational efficiency.
Just 4% said they were motivated by avoiding unauthorised usage, while 3% named both optimising car sharing and reducing environmental impact.
In total, 44% of UK fleets said that their cars were connected to a telematics tool, ranging from 50% of those with fewer than 10 employees to 35% with more than 1,000. This was well ahead of the average from other European countries of 22%.
Head of Arval's Mobility Observatory in the UK Shaun Sadlier said: "Connected vehicle penetration is relatively high in UK car fleets, with more than four out of 10 making use of the technology.
"The most commonly-mentioned reasons for adopting connected vehicle technology are broadly to track vehicle location, control costs, monitor driver on-road behaviour and improve operational efficiency. These are all core fleet management objectives to which the technology can make very real contributions.
"The areas least mentioned by respondents are also worth examining and, of these, environmental issues are perhaps most eye-catching. Our explanation is that as fleets continue with their process of electrification, active monitoring of potential emissions is becoming less of an ongoing issue. Zero-emission cars are not an emissions worry.
"Similarly, as tax around low and zero emission vehicles has fallen, concerns around 'not allowed usage' have also decreased with the planned decline of diesel and petrol cars."