IoT technology empowers fleet management to confidently act on changes in weather. Hyper-local data for individual vehicles combined with comprehensive road-weather data allows for route optimization based on weather and road conditions. If an accident or slowing occurs ahead of a driver, emergency re-routing allows them to be warned and given an alternate route. Both of these ensure that vehicles or deliveries get where they need to go on time and safely. IoT solutions for fleets give managers full fleet visibility. Managers can see in real-time where their vehicles are, how fast they are traveling, what traffic is like ahead of them, and exactly what the weather is like at their location. This data allows them to optimally configure routes, accurately predict delivery or arrival times, and ensure their fleet operators are driving in safe conditions. With a fleet IoT system in place, managers can also send alerts or notifications to drivers, letting them know of any changes in weather or driving conditions along their routes. With the comprehensive, full-fleet view that an IoT system can provide, fleet managers can better anticipate delivery or arrival delays, and communicate that information to end customers. More accurate arrival or delivery windows results in higher customer satisfaction and customer retention. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates an annual loss of 32.6 billion vehicle hours as well as $2.2 billion to $3.5 billion due to weather-related delays in cities and on trucking routes.
With an IoT system in place for fleet operations, fleet managers are able to ensure that their business operations are running optimally. Fleet drivers are assured that knowledge of road conditions is being updated in real-time, allowing them to avoid dangerous road conditions and maintain their delivery schedules. These IoT solutions such as Fathym WeatherCloud, has helped numerous municipal governments and private fleet organizations deal with inclement weather more safely and efficiently. Technology has the potential to delvier hyper-local road-weather data in any fleet vehicle. Armed with real-time, actionable weather data, fleet managers can more effectively maintain continuity of their operations when weather events occur.
IoT weather solutions are at the forefront of the revolution that is taking place in how we quantify, display, and act on road weather conditions. Efforts are already underway to design roadways that contain embedded sensors within the surface itself. Additionally, car manufacturers are designing car-to-car and car-to-road systems that will further integrate IoT technology onto our roadways. As the IoT network of sensors grows, fleet managers will have access to more complex road data than ever before. This data will shape how fleets are deployed and optimized for safer, more efficient and accurate operations.