AmeriPride Saves $500K with Telematics

Posted July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm

AmeriPride Services Inc., Minnetonka, MN, recently announced that some 20 months after it installed a telematics system on its fleet of nearly 1,800 trucks – the savings in fuel, maintenance and incident reduction have provided a healthy payback on its investment of roughly $50 per truck.

“The safety of our employees and others out on the roads is a priority for us,” said Banny Allison, fleet manager for AmeriPride. “This new telematics technology allows us to monitor driver behavior and proactively modify unsafe habits so we can reduce accidents and the many related expenses that go along with them.”

The telematics program, dubbed “inthinc” is installed in trucks and activated by radio frequency identification (RFID) cards that each driver carries, according to a news release. The device’s “Safety Driven Telematics Units” gather information about the drivers’ behavior, such as speeding, seat-belt use, hard braking and more. Then it verbally coaches the driver in real time. The system also alerts managers in the office of any unchecked safety violations or accidents and provides daily performance reports.

The program results (so far) include:

  • A $500,000 reduction in fuel and maintenance costs over one year
  • A 99% reduction in speeding events since the implementation
  • A 71% decline in aggressive driving events (hard stops, hard acceleration, etc.)
  • An 8% reduction in crashes per 100,000 miles driven in the second half of 2015
  • A 95% reduction in idling (with a 35,000-gallon savings in fuel in 2015)

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