17 January 2018

ADAS are already having a huge impact on the fleet industry, not just from a driver safety aspect, but from a vehicle maintenance standpoint too.

Core functionalities include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), crash collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring. There are plenty more that could be included, and each has been designed to improve driver safety. For example, AEB has been cited as reducing real-world crashes by 38%.

The impact of on-going costs

Vehicles are becoming more complex, and as a result of this, maintenance costs increase. However, these expenditures should not put leasing companies off expanding their fleets with ADAS-equipped vehicles.

Simply put, they’re crucial to improving driver safety and cutting vehicle downtime. When considering the costs of future replacement ADAS technology, it’s important that companies compare the costs involved with a driver being involved in an accident, with the costs involved when replacing individual parts or components.

The future impact of vehicle connectivity

Whilst ADAS do have an impact on the safety of drivers, Big Data and vehicle connectivity play a key role in developing future strategies for fleet management too.

For example, if the data collected from geo-location technology can be used to track vehicle journeys, a fleet manager can see if drivers are on the road for longer than they need to be. This could be as a result of a route that takes them onto more congested or dangerous roads.

This data could be combined with ADAS technology to regularly advise drivers to take shorter routes, some of which could be less congested and safer for them to travel. This would result in optimised driver road time and reduced fuel costs.

The impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

As in-car technology evolves, so do the vehicles themselves. Over the last few years, the industry has seen an increase in the number of PHEVs on the roads.

Due to their green credentials, they are becoming more popular than ever before. However, in November 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ruled that manufacturers have until September 1st 2019 to install a device that emits a high-pitched sound when the vehicle is driving at speeds lower than 19 mph.

This is alert pedestrians to their presence, as PHEV vehicles driving at lower speeds are often unseen and unheard. This shows that not only do ADAS focus on the safety of the driver, but also those in close proximity.

 

In summary, ADAS will have an impact on the on-going maintenance costs of a fleet. However, these additional costs shouldn’t put businesses off investing in safer cars. They help to continuously improve driver safety, and reduce vehicle downtime, both of which will benefit businesses in the long term.

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