As the environment and sustainable initiatives receive more media attention, the fleet industry is facing perhaps one of its biggest challenges to date. And it's moving at a pace we have never seen before. This is due, in large part, to technological advancements such as alternatively powered vehicles, network enhancements, and the rise of big data.

Companies that operate large fleets are under increasing pressure to invest in greener vehicles, and the demand for mobility over metal is on the rise. But saving the planet is not a one-player game, we all – manufacturers, operators, and suppliers alike – have an important part to play when it comes to creating a sustainable future.

That's where our FleetWave software plays a pivotal role. Within its web-based solution, a multitude of third-party data sets are seamlessly integrated into one platform, allowing fleet managers to make informed decisions. This, in turn, helps fleet professionals to drive industry best practice, simplify important operational insight and connect all aspects of the supply chain.

Modern-day fleet managers live in a world of fluctuating costs and tight budgets, so finding a means to reduce operational expenses – at the same time promoting a sustainable business model – should be high on any list of priorities. When it comes to this challenge, the most successful fleet managers are those who combine industry knowledge with real-life data – both historical and live – to make informed decisions and drive best practice.

Using our FleetWave solution, fleet professionals can make informed best practice decisions, in key business areas such as procurement; fuel management; preventative maintenance; compliance and risk; inventory management, and driver safety.

Today, Chevin is the leading global provider of dedicated fleet management solutions, and its multi-award-winning software is used in more than 180 countries worldwide, to manage more than 1.2m vehicles and associated assets. Our client base includes some of the world's largest, most reputable organizations across multiple industry sectors, from major OEMs, construction, and utilities to government, non-profit, and emergency services.

We view our client base as a large community, working together where possible to promote industry best practices, generating positive outcomes from a sustainability standpoint. By working as one, it is possible to speed up change that will have a positive outcome for all concerned.

Looking to the future, the role of data will become even more important, particularly as technology advances further and smart vehicles start to dominate the market. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be a driving force here, enabling advanced automated workflows that are facilitated by live data feeds, further supporting the value of industry best practices.

It will, for example, be possible to make more intricate conclusions relating to predictive maintenance, allowing fleet professionals to automate business-enhancing processes, from booking alternative mobility solutions to eliminating the risk of road accidents.

We expect to see a drive towards mobility, and by taking insight from big data, fleet decision-makers will be able to understand not only the total cost of ownership (TCO), but also the much broader cost of mobility with regards to people, vehicles, associated assets, and commercial goods.  

At Chevin, we believe that implementing results-driven decisions based on sound and accurate knowledge about your operation is the best strategy for weathering change in the most efficient manner. We recommend taking steps to gather as much data as possible, to help make more balanced decisions.

Our FleetWave product has a proven track record in allowing fleet managers to make better, fully informed decisions, which provides a means of comparison across all business areas. It also enables individuals to drive best practices in this fast-paced and ever-changing environment. 

Ultimately, nobody knows what changes the future will bring, but the best decisions will be made by organizations that are proactive rather than reactive.