Connected technology for more efficient fleet management

Free2Move Lease UK, the PSA Group’s multi-marque leasing company, has launched two significant new products. Firstly, the Command range of products uses connected technology to manage vehicle maintenance on your behalf. Secondly, the new telematics software platform, Connect Fleet, offers vehicle administration and driver monitoring in an easy-to-use, live system.

Command is available in two packages; Level 1 & Level 2. All Contract Hire vehicle contracts of 18 months or longer are supplied as standard with Command Level 1. This provides service and MoT email reminders and flags up any potential excess mileage, helping fleet managers avoid end-of-contract charges.

Where vehicles are fitted with approved connected technology, Free2Move Lease uses real-time mileage data to calculate precisely when servicing is due, or if excess mileage is anticipated. The Command team can also make service bookings for you.

For a small additional monthly fee, Command Level 2 removes day-to-day service and maintenance administration, by booking all your scheduled servicing and MoT work, then manages any issues to minimise downtime.

With the Connect Fleet telematics software, vehicle and driver information are gathered live from the on-board vehicle management system and sent to the fleet manager. Three packages are available, depending on requirements, covering Fleet Management, Eco-Driving & Geolocation.

Level 1 covers Fleet Management by monitoring vehicle hours and miles travelled. The system also monitors fuel consumption and the on-board diagnostics system for mechanical alerts and servicing and maintenance alerts.

Level 2 adds to the above with eco-driving feedback by analysing driver behaviour, then providing customised eco-driving reporting. This can help reduce operating costs, (by minimising vehicle wear and tear, fuel consumption and emissions) and can assist with duty of care responsibilities.

Connect Fleet Level 3 then adds Geolocation, enabling fleet managers to monitor the live location of vehicles and receive details of routes taken and itineraries. Level 3 also provides geofencing alerts that can be customised. This can help identify when vehicles enter or leave a particular location to help with monitoring of time-sensitive deliveries, for instance.

“Using technology to help fleets with administration and to get the best from their vehicles and drivers is definitely the way to go”, says Duncan Chumley, Managing Director of Free2Move Lease UK, ”Command and Fleet Connect can both help to cut fleet costs and time spent on administration.”

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