It was that long ago when a driver was handed a scrap of paper with his delivery address, and the next information the office received about the truck and its driver came when the driver had tipped his load and found a working payphone. Today its all so very different. More than nine out of ten UK Scania trucks dating from 2011 onwards are now fully connected with activated Scania OnBoard telematics systems and an associated online reporting package.
“The total number of connected Scania trucks in the UK is currently in excess of 21,000, which represents around 93 percent of our 2011-and-later parc,” comments Matthew Watson, General Manager Optimise Services, Scania (Great Britain) Limited. “This is having a tremendous impact on fuel savings, with operators reporting savings of up to ten percent when using Scania OnBoard as part of a coordinated Scania Optimise driver development programme.”
In order to drive up fuel savings, Scania has been offering operators of telematics-equipped Scania trucks complimentary activation and a ten year subscription to Monitor, the entry level OnBoard reporting package, since last August.
“Monitor opens the door to Optimise and the potential savings it offers by way of driver training and ongoing driver coaching,” says Matthew Watson. “With fuel typically accounting for 35 percent of running costs, the use of a telematics system can literally mean the difference between profit and loss. That is why we are encouraging operators to make full use of our OnBoard and Optimise services.”
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