Integration of the FleetBoard systems in the new Mercedes-Benz Actros.
After the product launch in 2000 the company Daimler FleetBoard GmbH was established in 2003 as a 100-percent subsidiary of Daimler and brings together many years of experience from the commercial vehicle sector and expertise in information and communication technology under one roof.
The driver is identified by the inserted FleetBoard Driver Card.
The system can handle commercial vehicle fleets from all sectors and sizes and, apart from a few limitations in terms of vehicle management, can also be used with other commercial vehicle brands.
The "Mapping" feature shows the vehicles on a map of the world, and the “WebServices” provide for integration into special carrier software. Distribution managers are notified of the current position and the status of the fleet vehicles at all times and can record current orders, plan routes and communicate directly with the drivers both in long-haul and short-radius distribution. The time management module enables driving and rest times to be planned optimally, reducing the carrier’s administration overheads.
FleetBoard supports the reduction of maintenance and fuel costs and CO2.
On the bottom line FleetBoard realises savings potential in fuel consumption of between five and 15 percent and wear-and-tear on the vehicles is lower by an average of some seven percent. The fleet’s efficiency is increased thanks to fewer empty runs and improved maintenance scheduling. Thus, a reduction in fuel consumption of seven percent enables around 3,000 litres of diesel or up to 7,500 kilos of CO2 to be saved per lorry per year.
All services are available in a range of languages and can be used across Europe, South Africa, Brazil, the Middle East and other parts of the world. The monthly service charge includes an unlimited data transfer volume (flat-rate). Further service offerings can be selected, such as cooling data and FleetBoard reports that enable data to be queried in real-time at any time.
The robust hand-held device DispoPilot.mobile supports the communication between the driver and the central server.
Currently almost 100,000 vehicles are fitted with telematic services at 2,500 customers around the world, and the new generation of the Actros contains the FleetBoard vehicle computer as standard under the name “FleetBoard inside”. New customers can test the system for four months and are also offered free driver training during this time. Maintenance intervals are extended up to 30,000 kilometres. This means that the innovative FleetBoard fleet insurance based on the “pay as you drive” principle can also be applied. As data for a safe and economical driving style as well as the weight of the shipment is calculated by the system, a defensive, economical and ecological driving style yields rewards and savings can be passed on to customers.
FleetBoard has also recently become available for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter ex works. Per-vehicle fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 1.5 litres per 100 kilometres by the drivers learning a defensive and predictive driving style, which the monthly reporting feature encourages them to maintain. FleetBoard services for buses are also in the process of being launched. In this segment, too, pilot customer tests show high potential for reducing fuel consumption by up to ten percent.