We can not forecast our plans. However, we want to be aware of trends to gauge the direction the fleet management industry is headed. Technology continues to advance specific trends that may seem like a dream right now but are soon to be commonplace. Self-driving and autonomous trucks are the most recent trends in the commercial fleet business. We can take the example from Tesla.
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla, launched the company with the mission,
“To accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass-market electric cars..”
The startup company that had never built a car had entered the market with a whole new vision—enhanced use of technology-assisted the company to stand out in the competitive market without lowering its value. Whenever someone hears the name Tesla, they automatically imagine electric cars. Little do people know that electric vehicles have been around for years. Electric vehicles had some shortcomings such as battery life, limited range, speed limit, and many more, so they failed to grab attention as Tesla did.
“Invention is not enough. Tesla invented the electric power we use, but he struggled to get it out to people. You have to combine both things: invention and innovation focus, plus the company that can commercialize things and gets them to people.- Larry Page ”
Tesla is more than just electric cars. Previously, vehicles and the fleet management system were two different things supporting each other for safer performance. Tesla has brought these together. Tesla electric cars have a shallow risk of setting fire during accidents. It also acknowledges driver’s safety as a priority. The vehicle can scan the driver’s face automatically. Seat belts, driver’s health status, road alerts, and other vital facts are coordinated with in-built software.
Additionally, Tesla establishes its latest crash safety technology based on real-world data collection using a large fleet of vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence. Although the driver has turned on the autopilot system or not, Tesla cars store all data in the cloud. It’s more than just a vehicle manufacturing company. The artificial intelligence used in Tesla cars supervises data collection, data management, cloud computing, decision analysis, etc.
Despite the massive fame, people are hesitant to give their complete driving control to electric vehicles. An article by Matt McFarland, CNN Business, pointed out that Fleet operators want Teslas. But not “full self-driving.”
Thilo Koslowski, a consultant at AutoDGTL focused on automotive technology, told CNN Business that “full self-driving” is not currently a good value for fleet operators, given the technology’s limits and its cost.
In the year 2020-2021, there was a tremendous change in the field of technology advancement. These years had new challenges that encouraged people to come up with solutions for businesses to operate. Fleet industries were no different. Based on the following changes, we can anticipate that more firms will continue to improve themselves. The companies that start future planning for their fleets now will be able to integrate new technologies faster. Ultimately, the sector will emerge more robust and more efficient. CloudApper Fleet is determined to roadmap the future with mobility-as-a-service, facilitating electric vehicles and increasing safety for overall fleet management.