Technology is changing our vehicles at lightning speed and fleet maintenance is an area that will be transformed in the near future. Vehicles are becoming more complex with vehicle connectivity tools and safety options pointing the way to driverless vehicles. How will these changes affect vehicle maintenance? Industry specialists interviewed for the American fleet website, Automotive Fleet, made several predictions on vehicle maintenance. In this blog, we take a look at a few of these predictions.
Industry experts predict that fleets will use predictive analytics to become more proactive and less reactive regarding maintenance. More specifically, the top trends that will affect maintenance include:
- Sophisticated vehicle connectivity: As vehicles become more connected, their repair diagnostics will be sent directly from the vehicle. In future, diagnostic results might come up on an interface screen and direct the driver to an appropriate repair shop.
- Increased vehicle downtime because of vehicle complexity: More complex vehicles already require more downtime when they are repaired because they require lengthy repair diagnosis. New features that increase safety and fuel economy may require more vehicle downtime.
- Improved vehicle maintenance analytics: As more data becomes available and we figure out how to use it effectively, we will be able to predict component failure, use proactive maintenance to drive down costs and source the best and most economical equipment. Preventative maintenance reminders, like those being used for oil and tyre pressure, will be used for maintenance, using sensors in filters and fluids and other maintenance items to reduce breakdowns.
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