Preparing for the fleets of the future

Upcoming government mandate to bring forth major changes

by Mobeen Khan, AVP of IoT Strategy, AT&T

More than 3 million truck drivers across the country have just one month to comply with the federal government’s Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) mandate. The new rule requires commercial fleet drivers to electronically log daily hours of service.

Drivers are already required to record their hours of service, but most track their time manually on paper. This can lead to inaccuracies and errors, resulting in non-compliance, hefty fines, and safety concerns.

In fact, one in every 15 trucks is involved in a crash, accounting for $100 billion in damages. In 2015, one-third of all roadside inspections in the U.S. resulted in a logging violation, and 34 percent of those violations were because a driver didn't have a required paper log.

Government mandate

The new government mandate addresses current issues and concerns. Fleet operators have until December 17 to comply or face big fines.

I have worked with fleet companies for many years, so I get the hesitancy that comes with major change. But forward-looking companies will seize this opportunity to embrace ELD and become more efficient through more comprehensive solutions.

That’s how one of our customers sees it.

Paul Hamilton, director of transportation at California Freight, was shopping at an AT&T retail store for tablets to use for an ELD solution. He decided on the AT&T Fleet Complete solution for ELD and equipped his 175 drivers with Samsung tablets to track their vehicles, assets, and drivers from one platform.

"Most of our drivers have fully embraced the move to ELDs," Hamilton says. "However, some of our drivers are not as quick to adapt."

Added Hamilton: "They may view it as too difficult or complicated, but the reality is that to move our transportation business forward, we need to be able to capture as much real-time data on driver activity and truck movement as possible. And it needs to be within a system that lets us compile and easily access that data.”

Fleet solutions

AT&T Fleet Complete gives customers an all-in-one fleet, asset, and mobile-worker tracking and management solution from a single platform.

The cost benefit, crew visibility and increased efficiency a solution of this type offers is unmatched. For example, telematics can reduce labor costs by up to 12 percent, and help reduce maintenance and repair costs by as much as 14 percent.

This is just the beginning for fleets of the future. The industry that serves as the backbone of our country is about to undergo a massive transformation. As we look ahead, data will help address recommendations for alternative fuel vehicles, charging station locations, and even predictive maintenance.

Now is the time for fleet management to embrace the future. We recognize this transformation, and we’re making the transition easy for our customers.

We’re offering a bundled promotion through the end of the year that includes the AT&T Fleet Complete application and hardware, data plan, vehicle mount, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab E. Customers can purchase through their direct sales team, by coming into one of our 5,000+ retail locations, or by contacting their account representatives.

We plan to make AT&T Fleet Complete available on our new AT&T IoT Marketplace, a comprehensive online marketplace where customers can buy and provision IoT solutions.

Learn more about the connected fleet on the AT&T Fleet Management page.