Whatever product or service you're pitching, video is an excellent communication tool for your website. I recently gave a talk to a group of folks applying to the next round of the Alabama Launchpad competition on the "Essentials of a 3-minute pitch video".
Keeping Oversized Loads from Entering Tunnels
In order to make tunnels in Sydney, Australia safer, engineers have developed intelligent safety features that help notify trucks in advance that they will not fit. The video above features a potential disaster that was avoided thanks to these new innovations.
How do they do it?
Sensors before the tunnel detect whether or not a truck is too tall, then flashing signs appear specifically in front of the offender - telling them to stop immediately. If these signs fail to garner the attention of the driver, then tunnel operators unleash a water curtain at the entrance as a last line of defense. So far, this has prevented a number of potential accidents in the Sydney area.
Regardless of what you are looking to accomplish, there is undoubtedly software or an app on the market that can help get the job done. However, in an age of accessibility, the key is finding a product that not only fits your requirements, but also adapts to the way you do business. With hundreds or even thousands of options out there, how do you know what software is right for you and your business?
First, let's address a few misnomers about software today:
There are a lot of articles out there centered upon the “Green Fleet” philosophy. As a responsible fleet manager or business owner, you are probably already striving toward Green objectives, whether or not you label them as such. Being proactive and placing a high importance on your operating efficiency can really make a difference. And if your company is looking for some recognition for its efforts, or simply looking to run a more effective fleet, going green could really pay off in the long run. So how do you start “greening” your fleet today?
I remember when Formula 1 teams first introduced the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) a few years ago. At the time, it sounded like rocket science (or something out of the game F-Zero. The principle makes sense: harness wasted energy from braking to give a power boost for passing down the straightaways. In practice, however, such a system was quite complicated. At first glance, it seems a little over-the-top, even for F1. If you are looking at racing as a proving ground for viable features, what's the chance this would ever go mainstream for the average, non million-dollar, vehicle?
Renewal Reminders are a great way to keep up with all of the time-based notifications like insurance, inspections, tags, and other important activities that are essential to running an efficient fleet. With Fleetio, you can easily track these, and even create customized renewals to fit the specific needs of your operation.
How we made them better
Feedback from our customers identified the need to set different "Due Soon" thresholds for each reminder. We are happy to share with our users new functionality that will allow you to customize that threshold. You will notice this option as soon as you open a reminder in Fleetio.
Just another way we are building our fleet management software around you.
Learn more about Renewal Reminders and customizing your notifications in the Fleetio Help Center.
As a fleet manager, it is important for you to be aware of what is going on in your industry. Changes in technology, the regulatory environment and best practices can really be impactful to your business. If you were unable to attend the NAFA 2013 Institute & Expo, we want to give you some insight into some of the things that are being discussed and presented. So here are a few key ideas floating around at “the Fleet Management Industry’s Largest Event.”
You might already be aware that April is National Car Care Month in the US. While just about every cause has a week, month or day to call it's own, we at Fleetio are passionate about what it means to be Car Care Aware. This is why we have our Forever Free Plan, which allows you to manage 5 vehicles or less for free with our online software.
Our ultimate goal is to provide a platform that makes it easy to get the most out of your fleet - whether you have one car or thousands, because more efficient and longer lasting vehicles can have a big impact. If everyone focuses on curbing fuel usage, reducing unnecessary wear and tear and making the roads safer, then we can all benefit.
As with any important asset for your business, you undoubtedly prefer to test drive a few vehicles before deciding on the right one for the job. It's only natural to want to know that each car or truck is going to fit the needs of your company before making a purchase.
At Fleetio, we believe that you should be able to do the same with your fleet management/vehicle maintenace software. You shouldn't have to rely on a sales pitch, carefully selected screenshots or a well-rehearsed demo to make your decision. Like selecting a vehicle for your fleet, the full experience only comes when you are sitting comfortably in the driver's seat.
With the various regulatory changes affecting vehicles recently, our Fleetio team wanted to find an expert who could shed some light on the subject. Gary Johnson works at VEAR, Inc. where he and his team analyze accidents and utilize black box recordings to find the root causes. We very much appreciate his contribution to the Fleetio Blog and hope that you learn something from our interview. We certainly did!