The integration of telematics allows maintenance departments to use engine diagnostics to keep ahead of down time and costly repairs. The return on investment is obvious with the ability to control idling time and road speed, which directly aff ects fuel costs. Knowing when an engine code develops in real time prevents poor engine performance, wasted fuel and helps the shop keep on top of defects. Having the GPS advantage could turn into long- and short-term gains.
“GPS has given us a tool for reduction in idle times. Collecting this data gives insight into just how much drivers idle the engine,” said Bob Young, director of transportation at Boulder Valley School District in Colorado. “For us, we’ve found the greatest idle times to be among our white fl eet rather than among the school buses. Developments in heating systems have reduced the need for extended idle times, while GPS has given us the ability to assure that idle
time is actually reduced.”