The matters of environmentally friendly technologies

Disclaimer: This article doesn’t show an opposition for the electric and hybrid solutions. Please take it as a writted debate on whether an electric vehicle means a more sustainable way of driving. 

The electric and hybrid vehicles represent one of the most popular ways to fight climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions, which can be also implemented on the personal level, not only by companies and governments. As transportation accounts for almost 25% of the global GNG emissions, the people started to be concerned about the environmental aspect and embrace the ideas of hybrid and electric vehicles. Let’s see how much of an impact this measure could have on the environment, economy and society.

The double-edged sword of switching from conventional to electric and hybrid cars

Electric vehicles seem to be a greener option to combustion vehicles, but are they the best alternative? The number of electric vehicles sold by 2021 reached 16 million units, accounting 9% of the global sales, mainly from North America, Europe and China. Leading us to one of the concerns. 

Who actually pays for switching the world to electric vehicles? The named markets are the most prosperous in the world, but how much of the cost of becoming “greener” are they willing to pay? The footprint on the environment made by the production of electric vehicles is mainly due to the mining of the necessary metals and rare earths for lithium-ion batteries, which consumes a lot of energy and water and releases toxic compounds.

The top 5 countries that extract lithium are Bolivia, Chile and Argentina followed closely by Australia and China. Out of these countries, the biggest consumer is China and most of the resources are stored in reserves from Chile. Here are some environmental and social concerns of lithium exctraction:

  • Approximately 2.2 million litres of water is needed to produce one ton of lithium
  • The extraction of lithium has caused water-related conflicts with different communities, such as the community of Toconao in the north of Chile 
  • Lithium extraction inevitably harms the soil and causes air contamination (a FoE report shows)
  • 3.2 tonnes of CO2 are produced in the manufacture of the battery for an electric vehicle
Lithium Fields’ in the Salar de Atacama salt flats in northern Chile by Tom Hegen

Is there an alternative to the alternative?

According to the European Parliament, “the production and disposal of an electric car is less environmentally friendly than a car with an internal combustion engine.” And that’s because they analyzed the whole process: the extraction of the materials, the manufacturing and transportation, the energy needed to charge the batteries, and the management of waste at the end of their lifecycle made us consider the impact on the environment. 

The final question is whether the full life cycle of an electric vehicle  is less harmful to the environment compared to conventional cars.

There are some voices that claim that 80% of the electricity comes from fossil fuels. In an ideal future, all vehicles run on 0 carbon emissions power. The populations in the busy cities may benefit from a less congested atmosphere, but to make sure that the electric cars represent the best alternative, the solution stands in making energy the clean “fuel” for electric cars.

Until then, technology advances in researching and developing alternatives to the alternative: hydrogen vehicles, BioNGV or Biomethane, Biofuels. We’re keeping an eye on the producers to announce their innovations in terms of cleaner transportation.

Conclusions

Our telematics solutions are able to read data from electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles as well. If your company switched to an electric fleet, make sure you use the right telematics to collect accurate and reliable data.

Bianca is here to hear more from you and help understand which solutions fit your needs and how are they created in order to offer you the best insight. 

Schedule a call with Bianca.

Prices in telematics. Do they reflect their quality?

No matter the size of your fleet, using telematics adds value from day one of implementation. The managers unlock the possibility to understand how their vehicles (no matter what type – cars, trucks, trailers, ships and many more) can become an important data provider for their business. Simply put, telematics supports fleet tracking, management and prediction of what will happen to various parts of the vehicles. That being said, the expenses with a qualitative telematics system is a long-term investment that proves its efficacy from day one of implementation.

Improved Fleet [add your needs] Depends on Better Data

You can complete the sentence with “real-time visibility”, “KPIs”, “operating costs”, and more. Better data means accurate data. Once you choose the telematics provider that is able to read all your fleet data in an accurate manner, your “everything” related to your fleet will improve.

A telematics system is way beyond GPS Tracking. While this technology alone is very powerful for any fleet manager, with benefits such as reduced fuel consumption and maintenance costs (leading to higher revenue), a mature fleet management system provides data that help improve almost every aspect of a fleet, from driver behavior to vehicle performance.

Added to the cost advantage, fleet managers can benefit from many more aspects when choosing accurate telematics. Our top advantages, based on the opinion of our customers, are described below:

  1. Improved safety

We would call this aspect the most important, as we speak here about human lives. Not only drivers’, but also the other participants in the traffic.  Telematics solutions such as Driver behavior automatically tag both bad and good driving events and provide a monthly safety score for the entire fleet and individual drivers. Based on this data, fleet managers can train and support drivers to obtain better scores and thus, increase safety.

  1. Regulations compliant

The complicated set of trucking and other vehicle regulations could be hard to follow by fleet managers and drivers as well. Telematics help fleets comply with those regulations by monitoring driving hours, and managing logging systems. By relying on a complex and effective Fleet management system helps avoid penalties and drivers sidelining.

  1. Reduced vehicle breakdowns

Vehicle maintenance is hard to track manually. It means that somebody would technically check each vehicle manually after each trip. Telematics do this automatically, eliminating the guesswork and increasing the tracking maintenance based on the miles driven and events instead of calendar dates. Once you install a telematics system that diagnoses early errors and issues, your fleet works at high efficiency scores and you avoid any minor issue become an expensive problem.

How much money are companies willing to spend for a qualitative fleet management system?

No matter the size of your fleet, telematics are aimed to support fleet tracking and management and provide real-time data, to help managers detect issues and errors… only if they are optimized correctly and use quality data.

The most discussed topic when it comes to telematics is their price. Our CMO, Bianca Barbu, often wears conversations around this subject.

“I hear pretty often comments related to pricing when it comes to telematics. The most common lines are: “ohhh, it’s expensive” (compared to what), “I have now different prices from X” (yes, you do, but the present solution that you have didn’t solve your problems), “I don’t need so many features” (you do not use all the features from your smartphone, but you are prepared and you buy a new smartphone every year- not to mention the price).

When we make a buying decision for ourselves we consider high-quality products even if they are expensive because they look better, they last longer and they fit our needs.

I am curious to know about the buying decision when it comes to telematics products and services.”

This situation created the need to consult other fleet managers’ opinion on the subject. Asked “What a reasonable price for a telematics solution means to you?” on a poll, here is what they answered:

In order to deliver the promised results and add value to the insights offered, fleet managers need to acknowledge how important it is to opt for a qualitative solution. You can see here how much an inefficient solution influences the data obtained, in an example on fuel measurement.

What does a good telematics provider offer?

Let’s start with answering the question What does Cango Mobility not offer? Poor data. We strive to improve our solutions continuously to track and manage our customers’ fleet efficiently and adjusted to the real parameters. While it is important to note that telematics are not a one-size-fits-all solution, be sure that they can be optimized and personalized to any company’s needs. 

No matter what parameters you wish to optimize, track and manage, the only important thing to keep in mind is that they need to offer qualitative data (meanig real data), so you can instantly intervene and fix any error.

If you are willing to understand and maintain your fleet efficiently, do your company a favor and opt for a qualitative telematics solution.

Bianca is here to hear more from you and help understand which solutions fit your needs and how are they created in order to offer you the best insight. 

Schedule a call with Bianca.

CANGO Mobility – Most Trusted EV Technology Solution Providers To Watch in 2022

Since the invention of the steam-powered engine, the automotive industry has come a long way. With over two centuries of continuous development and industrialization and also an increase in disposable incomes around the globe, the need for this market has increased too. This has brought forth a kind of environment suitable for the growth of other industries and has thus become a crucial aspect of growing economies worldwide. The markets today are brimming with strong competition, and are emerging with new technologies. One of them is automotive telematics. In simple terms, telematics is a communication technology made for the automobile industry that is primarily based on information flowing to and that is generated from the vehicles which are connected via wireless networks. This technology is a sweet convergence between wireless communications, location technology, and also vehicle electronics, all of which have successfully pushed the automobile industry into the new age of information.

Featuring for The Enterprise World’s cover feature of this issue of Most Trusted EV Technology Solution Providers To Watch – 2022 is CANGO Mobility, your one technology partner for Vehicle-to-X solutions.

“We are very confident in our knowledge and know that we have gathered a lot of experience from the use-cases that we worked for, that is why we became a reference in telematics industry and we are working with the top 3 telematics suppliers’ providers in the world.”

All of CANGO Mobility’s values and way of making business are based on a strong foundation and with great knowledge and background in the field. Everyone in the CANGO Mobility team works with the customer’s dedication in mind and commitment to deliver. One of the core values is innovation- the team offers a new and unique solution according to the client’s requests. Innovation enables them to focus on beating their competition and serving the clients better. One of the main things that the team is known in the market is availability.

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About CANGO MOBILITY

With more than 20 years of expertise in measurement and signal vehicles processing, CANGO provides innovative and integrated tailor-fit solutions for various industries like logistics, transportation, construction, oil & gas, mining, agriculture or smart mobility and public transportation.. CANGO’s products portfolio makes for a complete, competitive offer of solutions validated by successful implementations on the worldwide market for telco, telematics suppliers, providers and integrators.
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The Global Chip Shortage – How Telematics Plan to Fight Back

 

With the chip shortage crisis nowhere near the end, manufacturers and governments are focusing on building more capabilities in the supply chain. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company has already started and plans to invest close to $100 million to improve delivery capacity over the next three years. Joining TSMC’s efforts, Samsung, SK Hynix, and the South Korean government have promised a huge investment of $451 billion to help supply and incentivize chip makers. And despite these massive investments being made, the need to diversify the component supply chain in order to avoid dependency on Taiwan and South Korea is all too clear. US President Joe Biden has pledged support for the American semiconductor sector as part of his “Build Back Better” plan. The support is backed by both US parties and includes a massive technology funding bill. The bill was introduced in June 2021 with $52 billion being set aside for American chip production alone.

 

Besides the US government, others are also looking to stabilize the situation. Intel plans to grow its manufacturing volume and will spend $20 billion on two new plants in Arizona. This is part of their own efforts to combat the shortage while reducing reliance on imported components. The European Union (EU) plans to step up efforts to grow component building capabilities across all EU territories in Europe. On the other hand, the UK government is lagging behind when it comes to creating a strong and effective strategy that can support the semiconductor sector. 

 

But the question remains: until the supply chain is stabilized, how can fleet managers take care of their fleet and stay competitive in the market?

How to improve your approach in managing your fleet?

These new challenges have forced those in the field to quickly adapt and form strategies that can prevent losses as much as possible. Some of these solutions are meant to keep things under control in the present and near future, while other solutions aim to change the industry and make it more resilient to these types of crises. 

Short-term solutions:

Redesigning

Many companies chose to redesign their existing products to adapt to the new conditions and try to use as little as possible the components which are difficult to get. For example, some non-essential features were removed for the time being, minimizing product customization.

 

Shifting the focus

Another efficient short-term solution is focusing on the products which use available chips. The chip shortage impact is somewhat minimized by simply choosing products that are not affected by the crisis. 

Long-term solutions

Flexible designs

Flexibility is the best weapon against abrupt changes. Being able to immediately adapt to new industry requirements is bound to help companies be better prepared for any unforeseen circumstances. By having fewer parts in a product, developing and using a standard design and even reusing components, the products can be more easily adapted to crisis situations such as the one the industry is currently facing.

AI

Managing this crisis takes time and significant financial efforts. A way to speed up the process of balancing the supply and demand is by leveraging AI. Automatization can raise efficiency and lower the risk of human error. Lessening the defects, poor processes and the unnecessary hold-ups that may occur, AI could prove to be one of the key factors in building back the industry and making it more resilient.

But these short-term and long-term solutions mainly focus on handling the supply chain. Fleet managers also need to know how they can directly improve their fleet management strategy.

And the good news for those navigating this challenging period is the rising availability of new connected car technologies and platforms. In short, fleet managers have a variety of options for accessing and managing fleet data in light of the current shortage of telematics devices. That is why it’s so important to take advantage of the existing platforms and technologies to minimize any disruptions to your fleet. In addition, changing your approach to fleet data management and adding to what you already have will help you overcome component shortages.

Here are four ways to improve your fleet management strategy, and how: 

 

Use one simple source for all the data: 

 

New connected vehicle platforms can correlate data from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and telematics devices in non-connected vehicles, offering a single overview. Therefore, when examining connected vehicle platforms, it is crucial to ensure that they have easy-to-use features such as:

 

  • A list and map view of all vehicles registered on the system.

  • Visualization of data on drivers and vehicle utilization.

  • Real-time metrics.

  • Driver reports showing behavior, workday reports, health, and historical trips

  • Fully customizable trip reports for each and all vehicles.

  • When connected vehicles go offline, you can see right away.

  • Comprehensive information on individual vehicles, including wear and tear.

Make fully informed route and vehicle decisions. 

 

Real-time data fleet-related data is crucial when it comes to choosing the best routes and being aware of the state your fleet is in. And connected technologies such as telematics provide a deep understanding of these aspects and make it easier to track and display the location of connected cars. This provides the ability to track real-time driver location, travel history, vehicle status, and movements. When looking for platforms for connected vehicles, make sure they offer a map-based interface that displays the current state of each vehicle. It’s important to know which vehicles in your fleet are on routes, which are on the way back, and which are parked and not in use.

Protect your vehicle from dangerous behavior that can cause accidents, excessive vehicle wear, or damage.

Safety is a paramount concern of any business that operates a fleet of vehicles. An essential aspect of maintaining the safety of drivers and assets is the visibility into the driver’s behavior. Dashboard reports that show driver safety metrics, overspeed incidents, hard braking, and acceleration are often preconfigured on new connected vehicle platforms. This offers you a clearer view of your drivers’ behavior on the road so that you can provide the right training to drivers if and when they need it. Overall, this helps reduce the safety risks in your fleet while upskilling staff simultaneously. To add, connected car technology such as CANGO can also tell the difference between speed zones to know the severity of speed violations.

Assure your assets remain within their service area.

Geofencing is a powerful tool that can give you a clearer picture of what your fleet is doing at all times. When implementing geofencing, you can define the zone of a specific vehicle and then receive notifications when that vehicle leaves the predefined area. With this feature, you can see where your assets are at all times and block drivers from using vehicles for personal errands. This saves money on fuel not intended for work and lowers asset misuse.

CANLibrary 

Unrivaled value for fleet owners

CANGO has supported fleet owners globally for over two decades of evolution in the telematics industry. And the component challenges we are still facing today is another wave that our innovation and partnerships will help us see out. One way we’re doing this is through the latest edition to our product lineup, CANLibrary. The solution combines both hardware (the existing client’s hardware) and software; a hardware-agnostic component that acts as the physical base of the solution, with a software platform-independent middleware layered on top of it. This 100% non-intrusive technology removes unnecessary hardware elements to give you greater flexibility over your fleet management than ever before. With it, you can easily add on any of our CANGO Mobility solutions to your CANLibrary setup, so you only ever need to include the applications you need when scaling your setup:

It really is that simple! Pick and choose the solution you need and add it to your CANLibrary. Your CANLibrary can host any and all of the CANGO mobility Solutions critical to your operations, including car sharing, anti-theft, driver scoring, driver performance assistant, security apps and more. It gives fleet owners greater flexibility and control over their fleet network while reducing the need for additional hardware. Reducing the knock-on effects of physical component supply shortages, for faster and better deployment. It offers a means to seamlessly gather data and support over 3000 vehicles in real-time, better understand the driver behavior, and ultimately deliver faster and better services. 

More than this, CANLibrary is 100% non-intrusive technology, but what makes the difference is that it can be integrated with most applications and run even on highly constrained embedded systems found in vehicle ECU’s. And just like that, with CANLibrary you can have a built-in database with automatic synchronization with a wide  range of analytics and services 

With no sign that global semiconductor production will stabilize anytime soon, fleet managers will need to continue adopting an agile and robust fleet management strategy to stay competitive in the market. This crisis has proved that market conditions can shift in an instance, and the faster businesses are able to adapt the more likely they are to succeed. We’ve been a leading technology partner for Vehicle-to-X Solutions for more than 20 years and we’ve been delivering integrated telematics solutions for fleet managers across many sectors including logistics and transportation to construction, oil & gas, and more.

Start your telematics journey with CANGO Mobility and stay on top of any changes and challenges the industry might face!

The Global Chip Shortage – What are the causes and how has it affected the auto and telematics industries?

Semiconductors such as memory chips or processors are the foundation for modern technology, from vehicles and smartphones to washing machines and TVs. They are the base material for the microchip, essential for manufacturing almost every electronic device that we use today.

 

For electric vehicles especially, the chips are at the center of the industry and they determine how well the entire electric system will perform. Some of the biggest trends in the newest vehicles are possible with the help of semiconductors: GPS tracking, sensors for safety and assistance functions. And according to Deloitte, electronics will account for half of the cost of a new vehicle by 2030. The cost of Semiconductors is projected to reach $600 (£436) per vehicle by that point, almost double the 2013 price of $312.

 

But just as more and more cars and trucks went digital, the industry had been hit with a shortage of semiconductors. 

 

But why did it happen and how did the shortage affect the auto productions?

What’s Behind the Global Component Shortage?

The component Industry has more than doubled in value over the last two decades.

The chip market’s continued growth and incredible demand has put a massive strain on the industry’s ability to cater to all. In 2021 the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) endorsed the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) global semiconductor sales forecast, which projected the industry’s worldwide sales to be $553.0 billion in 2021, a 25.6% increase from the 2020 sales total of $440.4 billion. WSTS projects year-to-year increases in Asia Pacific (26.7%), Europe (25.6%), the Americas (24.6%), and Japan (19.5%). The global market is anticipated to post moderate growth of 8.8% in 2022, to reach $601.5 billion in annual sales.

The global chip shortage began with the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic

In 2020, the auto industry saw a considerable drop in demand. On the other hand, the demand for personal electronics drastically increased once remote work and home-schooling became the norm. Laptops and servers were needed more than ever and sales rose in a way that was not anticipated, resulting in a market that was not ready to face this new development. This created a situation where, while the auto industry drastically cut chip orders, other sectors were met with an increased need. And in the second half of 2020, when the auto sector’s demand rebounded sharply in spite of the predictions for the year, the semiconductor industry was already focusing on meeting the demand for electronics for other applications.


More than this, Covid-19 brought to light another critical issue, this time relating to the global supply chain. There are only two companies responsible for most of the global chip manufacturing, Taiwan’s TSMC and South Korea’s Samsung. These two are the dominant players in producing leading-edge chips used in mobile devices or for military applications.

Taiwan suffering its worst drought in more than 50 years

In 2020, Taiwan was hit with one of its worst droughts in more than 50 years. As a result, many of its reservoirs were at less than 20% capacity, and in the most extreme cases, the water level fell below 10%.In one of the primary sources for Taiwan’s $100 billion semiconductor industry, the drought caused the water level to be at one of the lowest levels it had ever been – only 7% full. While the industry was heavily relying on the chips manufactured in Taiwan, TSMC was struggling to get the needed quantities of water.

The rise of 5G and overlapping chip demand

According to some experts, the switch from 4G to 5G is believed to have also contributed to the global chip shortage. The rise in 5G has also increased the demand for semiconductors. An expensive 5G rollout requires quite a large amount of chips which need to be manufactured at the same size as those used for automobiles. For the auto industry, the high amount of overlap between chips used in 5G and those used for vehicles became another factor on a growing list that contributed to the crisis.

Geopolitical Power Dynamics

The rivalry between the United States and China has also had a say in the crisis, with neither of the states being independent enough to have a supply chain of their own. As a result, companies from third countries were drawn into this geopolitical competition of sorts, further worsening the shortage.

The war in Ukraine has also negatively impacted the global supply of neon gas, which is used to make semiconductors.

The Chip Shortage and Its Effects on the Telematics Industry and Fleet Managers

The motor vehicle industry appears to be most affected by the chip shortage. According to market intelligence group LMC Automotive, around 10 million fewer vehicles were produced in 2021 as a result of supply chain issues. The component shortage affecting the automotive sector has affected the development of telematics technologies. Making it tough for fleet customers to use telematics solutions to acquire telematics hardware, tablets, new vehicles, and more. Data from some of the world’s largest component makers indicate an increase in lead times from 10 weeks to 17 weeks, according to Bloomberg.

How it impacts fleet managers

 

Higher costs

With the rise in vehicle costs as a result of the component shortage, fleet managers are paying up to 18% to 20% more than they are accustomed to. 

 

Low or no stock

Fleet managers can expect dealerships to have very little excess inventory, and it is anticipated they will run out of stock towards the end of the year. 

 

Reduced incentives and product availability 

When manufacturers sell all the merchandise they have produced, there is little scope left to offer fleet incentives. Plus, there could be big changes to both rebate programs and fleet availability in 2022. 

 

More expensive 

The high demand for fitting materials such as steel and plywood is pushing prices up around the world, affecting more than just the global supply chain of chips.

Responses to the Crisis and Predictions for the Future\

 

The responses to the shortage have been varied, with most car manufacturers adapting to the new situation as best as they could. For example, there is General Motors which has decided to temporarily suspend the seat heat on a portion of its vehicles, while promising to retrofit this feature when the required chips will be available. On the other hand there is Mercedes, which had to pause the production of its GLC, while Mazda had to cut its production up to 7.000 cars in the first quarter of 2021.

 

But there is one auto manufacturer that managed to adapt to the chip shortage in record terms. Tesla registered an 87% increase in its 2021 deliveries, compared to those from 2020. But that was only possible as they build the vehicles from scratch, unlike the other automotive companies. More than this, Tesla has also been able to quickly rewrite some of its software and integrated alternative chips.

 

And while it is difficult to accurately predict the end of the crisis, as any new development could significantly impact the situation, most experts believe that the chip shortage will not see an improvement before 2023. However, there is a real possibility that the crisis will slowly improve as companies had time to adapt and had become much better in managing the supply chain.

 

And despite these severe shortages, the good news is the rising availability of new connected car technologies and platforms. In short, fleet managers have a variety of options for accessing and managing fleet data in light of the current shortage of telematics devices.

 

CANGO Mobility has supported fleet owners globally for over two decades of evolution in the telematics industry. And the component challenges the ongoing pandemic has created is another wave that our innovation and partnerships will help us see out.

 

One way we’re doing this is through the latest edition to our product lineup, CANLibrary. The solution combines both hardware (the existing client’s hardware) and software; a hardware-agnostic component that acts as the physical base of the solution, with a software platform-independent middleware layered on top of it.

Remain competitive on the market and navigate this challenging period with CANGO Mobility’s solution!

How reliable is your data? Can you leverage it into your telematics?

While huge loads of data might seem very appealing for any Fleet Manager, it is crucial to make sure that the data you get is the RIGHT DATA. Meaning you can benefit directly from it: reduced costs, optimized tasks, predict battery failure or other components’ lifespan ahead of time, and other advanced predictive analytics.

 

That’s why the fleet management departments need a shift in the paradigm: go for quality data, not any data.

Here is a raw example of how quantity over quality compromised the results of the reports meant to optimize the activities.

Fuel levels oscillations

We have a case where the customer requested the Fuel Level (Liters) on an OBD2 device. As you see the Fuel Level is not stable while the vehicle is moving and the request is an instant value requested by OBD2 PID, which is not accurate. Unfortunately, the vehicle moved continuously from the beginning until it stopped.

 

Looking into this graph, which one of the values can be considered the real one for the fuel level? How can a fleet manager determine and make a relevant report about a vehicle and a driver with so many fluctuations in only one parameter- fuel level? 

 

 

We analyzed the same vehicle, in the same trip and below you have the graph with the same parameter, read directly from the CAN bus (without cutting the wires) instead of OBD2. As the CAN bus gathers the data from all of the ECUs inside the vehicle, the information is provided directly from the vehicle on-board computers. The graph shows a constant value for the fuel level, as it refers to the volume of liquid inside the tank.

 

At the end of the log, when the ignition is switched off, the Fuel Level oscillates between good and incorrect value. This is an “on the field” test done in order to show the importance of correct data in designing and implementing a fleet management solution.

A long-term investment

Our recommendation is to see a telematics device as an investment, not an expense. The ROI should be taken into consideration, as your company is managing the cost of the service by using the software to tackle challenges and goals such as reducing fuel usage.

Before making a decision over a solution, run a cost-benefit analysis. Estimate the amount of money a device could save or make you in the mid-long term and compare that to the costs. If you need data points for your analysis, ask experts in the field or start with a small pilot project on one vehicle.

Talk to an expert to know your options

 

It is our goal to help fleet managers obtain the best results through offering them the best solutions on the market. Talk to one of our experts and learn more about your options and long-term benefits.

 

Driver behavior vs vehicle behavior!

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Driver behavior vs vehicle behavior! How changing the driver behavior in real time can increase savings and impact the environment

Driver behavior has a big impact in a fleet total cost, even in the most advanced vehicles with automated processes inside. Many studies have focused in modeling the driver behavior and trying to find a standard. In many case cases the driver behavior is easily confused with the vehicle behavior as the data are not analyzed in real time and are not corelated with other external factors or sensors.

 

Our experience in the telematics industry , which gathers more than 15 years, 4000 brands and models of vehicles, more than 1 million devices sold all over the world, customized security and mobility projects and one-to-one relations ship with our partners, proved that consistency of the data is the key for a successful telematics business. Many of our partners asked not only for the data, but also for some applications  that can make the change in what means an efficient fleet management solution. The main features and functionalities that a fleet manager wants to have in his platform are alerts and notifications about the components inside the vehicles, fuel level and safety data, details about the fleet efficiency and fuel management and the spotlight is on driver behavior.

 How changing the driver behavior in real time can increase savings and impact the environment

However, these active safety systems were designed based on an average of driver performance and rarely takes the individual driver’s characteristics into consideration. That is why, at CANGO we brought this concept even further and we have designed LUCAS-Driver Performance Assistant, which delivers a state-of-the-art scoring & coaching solution for your drivers, as it includes a comprehensive and fully settable Driver Behavior algorithm that includes 49 parameters calculated in real-time.

Lower costs and improve safety using the driver performance assistant

Fuel costs can make up 30 to 40 percent of a fleet’s cost per mile, according to the American Transportation Research Institute and most of the times this is the largest expense in a fleet budget.

Using an advanced driver behavior algorithm corelated with road and weather conditions and coaching the driver in real time by showing him how to be a better driver the costs of fuel face a reduction of 18% starting from day one of implementation.

Experience and knowledge combined with technology can identify in real time different type of behaviors and correct them in order to reduce idling habits, speeding behavior in order to increase anticipation and efficient braking.

Improving driver behavior by using the vehicle in an efficient way is translated also in a reduction of wear and tear of the vehicle. Aggressive driving causes more wear and tear on brakes and engines and in the most cases combined with speeding doesn’t make the driver reach the destination quicker.

All the parameters, data, information, reports can offer the real picture about the entire fleet and behavior for each individual as it corelates with the driver ID. These information have a great impact in increasing the driver productivity, as he can be trained accordingly and incentive, and decreasing the costs of insurance.

As the economic situation impacted the fleets at a higher level than before and the price of fuel faced a great raise in the past months, having efficient drivers will have an impact directly in the fuel costs for the fleet. In the same time as the vehicle is used in an efficient way the CO2 emission will decrease as the foot on the pedal is directly corelated with the safety and the impact to environment.

 

Act now! Implement the driver performance assistant into your fleet management solution. Did you know that you can do that without adding any additional hardware? Contact us here and we’ll show you how!

 

About CANGO MOBILITY 

With more than 20 years of expertise in measurement and signal vehicles processing, CANGO provides innovative and integrated tailor-fit solutions for various industries like logistics, transportation, construction, oil & gas, mining, agriculture or smart mobility and public transportation.. CANGO’s products portfolio makes for a complete, competitive offer of solutions validated by successful implementations on the worldwide market for telco, telematics suppliers, providers and integrators.

 

 

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The key for a successful telematics solution

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The key for a successful telematics solution

When talking about profitable telematics solutions, what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Is it the low price of the connected devices? Is it the device’s reliability or the extended warranty policy? Is it important to provide “any kind of data” or follow the integrity factor? Is support and installation important in this equation? 

We wanted to go a bit behind the scenes, so we asked all the questions above. Some of the answers reflected the market exactly the way it is, and some of the answers defined the market in the way we want it to be. 

Are cheap devices a good option for your telematics solution?

After a 2-year pandemic, with an ongoing war affecting the economy and right in the middle of the Components Shortage crisis, talking about cash flow is a sensitive topic to bring up. There are a lot of cheap units on the market when it comes to GPS tracking units or data reading devices. There are also a lot of companies choosing this type of solution to attract new customers. However, market research shows that cheap units are more expensive than an expensive telematics solution.  Why is that? 

A cheap device has limited and questionable functionalities. After the installation occurs, the users still get lots of needs uncovered because of the lack of functionalities in the implemented device. The unavailability of new updates requires a new device to cover the other needs.

New device, new costs, new warranty, new installation cost. The vehicles end up having multiple devices and not a reliable or high-end solution, which costs way more than complete and reliable telematics devices.

If we’d copy the buying behavior for end users devices and duplicate it to the vehicles and fleets, we’d encounter multiple advantages from day one.

Technical support and installation guiding for telematics

Is the installation process the key success of a telematics solution? It might be! If the device is not installed the proper way, on the right network, the success of the project is compromised. Of course, there is always the possibility to revisit the vehicle and restart the process. But this means extra costs. And this situation is available for so-called plug-and-play devices.

At CANGO we say that half of the success of a project comes from the proper installation of the telematics devices. Being in this business since the beginning we had many use cases and understood that customer and technical support combined with installation tips for the telematics product bring twice the value of the price. Besides a skilled technician, the installation manuals represent another important part of the process. 

Support may come in many ways but nothing compares with a one-to-one interaction experience and the confidence invested in the company that you choose provides through it. In the end, it is not only manuals and books. Support means more than that and it is a permanent consulting activity that the support engineer should develop with the customer to make sure the customer benefits from all the features and functionalities they required from the beginning. Plus standing in front of your clients with service management and giving access to your knowledge base comes only with a quality telematics device.

“Any data” vs “Data Integrity” 

Have you ever wondered about data integrity related to the telematics solution that you are using? In many situations the answer to  the question:” What data are you looking to have in your telematics solution?” was simply put:” any data…all the available data!”

Instead of looking for reliability and integrity in the data, companies have been carelessly focused on its frequency and breadth of it. It’s a rush in fulfilling price requests vs data quality overall covering all kinds of vehicle types in the project. Once you do fulfill it, nobody asks about the integrity of the data. What parameter from where is coming. Is it broadcasted? Is it calculated? Deducted? Interrogated on a vehicle data network? Could it be a fake parameter?

Imagine a fleet management solution with a driver behavior algorithm using data that has nothing to do with the reality from the field. Nor to mention the algorithm consistency included proven as experience and expertise of the provider; and driver behavior doesn’t mean accelerometer and harsh barking. It leads to no savings at all.

At CANGO Mobility, we advise our clients to proceed only based on past experience. We base our judgment on the experiences that we have been taught in the field: never rely on data that has not been checked, tested, or verified at some point by someone. That is why our tests are made in different conditions, on the field, and on real vehicles. 

Fleet managers and people responsible for implementing telematics solutions in their organization need to ask and verify the quality of the data with their telematics supplier as data integrity is like the DNA of the telematics system, otherwise, it is GIGO “garbage in/ garbage out”.

 

Also, this information and conclusion are doubled by the poll that we had on one of our social media channels and showed the following results: 

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About CANGO MOBILITY 

With more than 20 years of expertise in measurement and signal vehicles processing, CANGO provides innovative and integrated tailor-fit solutions for various industries like logistics, transportation, construction, oil & gas, mining, agriculture or smart mobility and public transportation.. CANGO’s products portfolio makes for a complete, competitive offer of solutions validated by successful implementations on the worldwide market for telco, telematics suppliers, providers and integrators.

 

 

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Cango Mobility and MIX Telematics join forces into a new collaboration!

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CANGO Mobility is pleased to announce an innovative partnership with MiX Telematics, a leading global SaaS provider of connected fleet management solutions.

CANGO’s comprehensive rich vehicle data CANBUS Library augments the MiX solution by unlocking the full potential of fleet vehicles’ raw data sets, for extensive analysis and customer outcome creation within MiX’s SaaS solution.

MiX Telematics provides modular and scalable connected fleet SaaS solutions to customers in more than 120 countries, delivering transformative outcomes, with a return-on-investment of typically 10:1 and collision reduction of 60% with their premium telematics and video solution.

“We are happy to contribute to MiX Telematics' journey and vision for future fleet management solutions that will bring more added value in the market. This partnership is based on close collaboration between both teams; it is gratifying to see that CANGO’s experience and expertise related to CANBUS and vehicle data processing is highly valued by one of the leading global providers of fleet and mobile assets solutions”

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About CANGO MOBILITY 

With more than 20 years of expertise in measurement and signal vehicles processing, CANGO provides innovative and integrated tailor-fit solutions for various industries like logistics, transportation, construction, oil & gas, mining, agriculture or smart mobility and public transportation.. CANGO’s products portfolio makes for a complete, competitive offer of solutions validated by successful implementations on the worldwide market for telco, telematics suppliers, providers and integrators.

 

 

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Happy to announce a new solution in our portfolio: Remote vehicle immobilization solution for door-to-door delivery vans and not only!

Happy to announce a new solution in our portfolio: Remote vehicle immobilization solution for door-to-door delivery vans and not only!

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CANGO MOBILITY is proud to announce that we have developed a new solution that can overcome a great challenge for the Transportation sector, reducing or even eliminating the thefts of last-mile VAN’s, but not limited to that! 

Together with our partner in the UK, we have already implemented the solution for one of the largest courier companies in the world!

“The door-to-door delivery is one of the sectors that experiments fast-moving development changes. The safety of the parcels, the driver behavior and the overall security of any transportation is on top of the list for fleet managers — all while trying to cut costs. With this in mind we've looked closer into the problem and developed an unique solution, based on explicit criteria that can give fleet managers also the option to re-mobilize the vehicle remotely.”

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About CANGO MOBILITY 

With more than 20 years of expertise in measurement and signal vehicles processing, CANGO provides innovative and integrated tailor-fit solutions for various industries like logistics, transportation, construction, oil & gas, mining, agriculture or smart mobility and public transportation.. CANGO’s products portfolio makes for a complete, competitive offer of solutions validated by successful implementations on the worldwide market for telco, telematics suppliers, providers and integrators.

 

 

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