Vehicle tracking systems can quite accurately estimate vehicle consumption or driver's driving style. But if you can connect your vehicle tracking platform to the cars’ on-board computers, you get data at a whole new level.
Modern vehicles are computer controlled. The control unit makes sure that the engine and all the other systems work.
This computer is accessible through an interface called CAN (controller area network). When connected, you have access to various metrics of the vehicle.
Some models of GPS locators can connect to the CAN interface. This capability allows you to exploit yet another dimension to GPS localization. With the right tracking platform, the CAN bus data can be very valuable .
Perhaps the most interesting option for fleet owners and fleet managers is fuel consumption tracking with absolute precision. Undistorted fuel consumption figures are a clear signal showing, for example, those workers who like to get a little bit of gasoline or diesel to themselves. Of course, the employer pays the bill.
Consumption metrics can be combined with driver identification. This information is not only used for curbing fuel theft but can also reveal the driving efficiency of individual employees.
The direct connection to the vehicle's tachometer provides accurate and up-to-date mileage data. The numbers also fit into the automatically generated log book records.
The vehicle tracking system can collect a range of other data from the on-board computer. It records every push of the accelerator pedal, continuously measures the engine speed or, for example, the coolant temperature.
In Satelon, all these figures are shown in well-arranged graphs, from which it is easy to see how the individual drivers drive. Aggressive driving, engine revving and abusing of the service vehicles can be identified with a glance. Such data can then serve as a basis for financial evaluation of drivers.
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