The year 2017 has come to an end and businesses are looking to the future. As you take your fleet into this new calendar year, it is a wise plan to explore the new technology that is available and what it can mean for your business.

These are a few technologies you might want to consider incorporating into your business plan for 2018 and beyond.

Forward Facing Cameras

Sometimes called dash cams, forward facing cameras have been used with a large degree of success for years by some fleets. If you’re not currently utilizing this type of technology in your fleet, now is the perfect time to do so.

The biggest benefit to you for utilizing these types of cameras every time your trucks are on the roads is to defend your drivers. They are tempting targets for people hoping for a fast payoff thanks to a negative (and wholly undeserved) public perception. Dash cameras provide an added level of protection for your drivers, your business, and your reputation.

GPS Fleet Tracking Systems

GPS fleet tracking is one of the most important things you can do for your fleet if you aren’t doing it already. GPS allows you to:

  • Create more efficient, time-saving routes.
  • Reduce fuel costs.
  • Track invoices.
  • Improve record-keeping.
  • Curtail labor costs.
  • Track your drivers’ hours behind the wheel.
  • And so much more.

GPS tracking for fleets can also be used in conjunction with forward facing cameras to determine sequence of events when accidents do occur.

Autonomous Vehicles

While some may believe this is a far off plan, the current predictions are the there will be approximately 10 million driverless vehicles (otherwise referred to as self-driving) on the road by the year2020.

Why are these types of vehicles attractive to fleet owners?

Because they can cut your costs dramatically. Driverless vehicles don’t need time to sleep, don’t charge by the hour for labor, and can operate at any time of the day or night without charging overtime, demanding holiday pay, or being subject to human error behind the wheel.

Many believe this will lead to fewer accidents, reduced insurance costs (though that is currently a topic for debate), and bigger profits for large and small fleets alike.

With the legalization of recreational marijuana just over the border in Massachusetts, Rhode Island dispensaries are looking for ways to step up their games and compete with new competition from the north once the law goes into effect in July of 2018.

Only medical marijuana is currently available in the state of Rhode Island, but the three dispensaries in the state aren’t taking the news or the new competition without putting up a fight.

How are they fighting? By offering a new service, medical-marijuana delivery services.

How will this help?

For patients that have medical marijuana cards, it’s one way to keep their business in the state, by bringing the goods to them.

Many patients who could benefit from medical marijuana have been reluctant to do so. Not only does Rhode Island require them to be listed on a state registry, but they must also pay $50 each year to renew their patient cards.

Dispensaries believe the convenience of having delivery to their homes will offset some of these considerations while offering a value-added service that will be unavailable from Massachusetts dispensaries.

The good news for Rhode Island dispensaries is the belief that when the first recreational marijuana shops open in Massachusetts there will be insufficient supply to meet the demand. This means Rhode Island dispensaries may not be hard hit by new competition until more shops are available and the supply begins to meet, if not exceed, the demand.

There is also hope that the hefty taxes imposed on recreational marijuana in Massachusetts will keep many Rhode Island patients buying close to home instead.

The added convenience of in-home delivery may be the ticket to turn the tide in favor of Rhode Island dispensaries – at least for a little while.

In an agreement struck with the state Department of Health, one Rhode Island dispensary has been offering limited delivery services to medical marijuana patients who were homebound.

Recently, though, the state put the brakes on the program, at least temporarily. The remaining dispensaries are hopeful, even confident, this will change. So much so that they’ve invested in GPS fleet tracking and locked compartments for vehicles to monitor their locations and ensure the safety of deliveries and delivery drivers. Their goal is to offset their potential losses by adding a convenience factor that Massachusetts can’t deliver to Rhode Island customers.

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recently released its annual report of holiday automobile thefts that occurred in 2016. The report included 11 major holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

That’s not all the report reveals. It also reports on the daily rates of theft for each month, and rates the highest and lowest occurrences of vehicle thefts for 2016.

One interesting note is that this report reveals the five states with the biggest vehicle theft problem. They are:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Washington
  • Georgia

One surprising bit of information is that while there is typically an uptick around the holidays, there are three holidays where vehicle theft trends down: Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Looks like quality time with significant others and time spent with family does help to deter crime.

In fact, Christmas Day had the fewest incidents of car theft of any day in 2016, reporting only 1,664 thefts that day compared to a daily average for the year of 2,196. It appears that thieves aren’t overly fond of frigid temperatures as the remaining two lowest days of the year with thefts reports were March 27, 2016 when thieves absconded with 1,746 vehicles and February 28, 2016 when 1,759 cars were stolen.

Halloween was the biggest holiday for car theft, which makes sense as many people choose this night to go joyriding as pranks. It was not, however, the biggest day of the year for car thefts. That prize goes to August 1, 2016 when 2,840 cars were reported stolen. The second and third highest vehicle theft days go to October 17, 2016 with 2,650 vehicles reported stolen and July 1, 2016 when 2,671 vehicles were reported stolen.

While it’s good to know which holidays and times of year vehicle thefts tend to be on the rise, it’s important to be diligent daily and defend your vehicles. If your vehicle is stolen, using GPS car tracking can help you locate it quickly.

  • Don’t leave your running car unattended – a common occurrence in winter when people warm vehicles before venturing outside.
  • Park in your garage when possible. Out of sight is out of mind.
  • Install GPS tracking in your vehicle to assist with a swift recovery if it is stolen.

Small changes in your routine, like these, can help you protect your investment in your vehicle.

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