In today’s commercial world, the call to cut costs is everywhere – including fleet vehicle purchases.
The Centre for Automotive Safety Research (SA) recently released a report that concluded that by choosing advanced technology in your fleet vehicles, you can, in the long term, make savings in running costs, increase productivity and reduce fleet downtime.
Their report: “Analysis of crash data to estimate the benefits of emerging vehicle technology” revealed:
The largest potential for reducing the number of serious and fatal crashes in coming years is likely to come from forward collision detection and avoidance technologies. These technologies currently include emergency brake assist, ‘city-safe’ low speed obstacle detection with automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control with automatic braking (operating sometimes only above, for example, 60 km/h).
In the next five years, it is expected that the technologies will continue to develop such that there will be complete convergence in the operable range of systems, and a complete integration of the sensing and intervention technologies. It is from such future systems that the largest road safety gains are likely to be made.
What does this mean to you – the fleet owner?
Put simply, it pays to “up-spec” your fleet vehicles to include these new technologies, as they should assist in reducing accidents, fleet downtime, costs and of course, injury to your staff.
With Work-related road crashes accounting for 33% of all occupational fatalities in Australia (Safe Work Australia 2012) and 15% (Australian Transport Council 2011) of the national road toll, there’s a lot to save by looking at the technology you elect to include in your fleet.
Sure, it may cost a little more at the time of purchase, but consider the potential savings in cost, injury and fleet downtime you could make.
What technology is available?
Vehicle safety technology appears to be advancing every week. If you’re unsure of what’s available – we’re happy to speak with you, simply contact us to learn more.
Footnote: The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, is internationally recognised as a leading research organisation in its field. The Centre conducts high quality independent research that enables rational decision making, leading to a reduction in the human and economic losses from road crashes.