Passenger Car Fleets Perfect overview for fleet managers
An eye on all information: How car sharing service providers, taxi companies and rental car companies manage their fleets economically with Openmatics' "Dashboard" app.
Tools and tips, clothes and couches, gardens and money: Sharing is not just a trend; it has long established itself in society as a new way of living and making money. Not everyone has to possess everything, but everything has to be available and accessible when required. This is increasingly becoming true of cars, too. Car sharing and the range of digital mobility options on offer are spreading like wildfire. According to a recent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, the number of car sharing users will increase sixfold to 35 million by 2021. The experts state that there will be two million users in Germany alone, twice as many as in 2015.
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Growing markets, growing challenges
The idea behind the sharing economy is as captivatingly simple as the challenges it brings with it are significant; sharing ultimately still has to pay off. "The owner of a fleet of cars must therefore be informed about all economical and technical aspects of their fleet at all times," explains Thomas Rösch, Managing Director of the ZF Aftermarket connectivity specialist Openmatics. If a fleet is composed of various vehicles, this assessment becomes distinctly more complicated, because all vehicle manufacturers work with their own telematics systems. "Openmatics' Dashboard is an independent tool, which is interesting for taxi companies, car sharing service providers, rental car companies and electric fleets alike," states Rösch.
"Dashboard" mobility app: all data at a glance
Openmatics relies on its well-proven platform solution which is already used in commercial vehicles. The Openmatics onboard unit installed in cars transmits vehicle-specific data to a secure cloud database, which users can access via the web-based "Dashboard" app at any time. The operator is therefore able to see the location of all the fleet vehicles on a digital map and retrieve real-time information regarding capacity, kilometers traveled and availability. Fuel level notifications and error messages, which will mean time lost to servicing or a vehicle standing idle, can be integrated into fleet planning at an early stage. "Dashboard" is thus paving the way to efficient energy management with all-electric vehicles, for example. The app shows the charge level of the battery and also the route to the nearest charging station. This means that vehicles can be optimally allocated to customers based on the distance they wish to travel. The "Dashboard" Openmatics app for passenger car fleets will be available from March 2017.
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Speeding up the process of returning a rental car: "Dashboard" provides all information relevant to a vehicle at all times. This means that it is possible to check whether a car has been completely filled up with fuel as soon as it drives into the car park.
A constant eye on the entire fleet: "Dashboard" is a comprehensive fleet management tool. Owners are able to see all relevant information regarding capacity, kilometers traveled and vehicle availability in real time.