Published on May 15th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volvo Trucks’ offers Malaysian customers fuel efficient and profitable transport operation
Volvo Malaysia continues to maximise its offering of total transport solutions to companies in Malaysia with the introduction of its latest web-based fleet management system; Dynafleet, at the second Malaysia International Bus, Truck & Components Expo 2015 (MIBTC’15). The event was officially graced and launched by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Syed Hamid Bin Syed Jaafar Albar, Chairman of Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) when he visited the Volvo booth at the exhibition.
Dynafleet is Volvo’s subscription based telematics solution that can streamline the planning and execution of transport assignments, an important aspect of coordination for transportation companies. With a web-based Dynafleet system, transportation companies can measure fuel consumption, track location and communicate with each individual truck and driver via a user-friendly app.
The Dynafleet is made for flexibility as it is conveniently accessed through mobile or tablet, replacing the computer based portal generally centred in the customers’ office. A major benefit of Dynafleet is the Driver Coaching function inside the cab itself. Drivers are coached on the spot in ways to reduce fuel consumption and increase safety. If a driver improves fuel efficiency by a modest 3%, this could save customers’ large sums of cash in the long run.
Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia, Mats Nilsson, shared, “Dynafleet was first launched in 1994, making Volvo the first European truck manufacturer to offer its own fleet management system. We wanted to create a new service to further reduce cost and fuel consumption while simultaneously optimizing fleet utilisation and enhancing driver competency and productivity. The results – well-received! Our customers in the logistics and transportation industry gave nothing short of an affirmative testimonial on the efficiency of the technology and the positive impact it had on their business operations, the environment, and the development of their drivers.”
“Today, we are proud to unveil that since its inception; more than 90,000 trucks worldwide have installed the Volvo Dynafleet system. As you can imagine, this proven technology is our success story and we are excited to bring Dynafleet to Asia. Over the years, we have enhanced and fine-tuned the systems; and Malaysia will be one of the first few Asian markets to experience this technology,” added Nilsson.
Volvo Malaysia also introduced for the first time in Malaysia, its oldest crash test dummy ‘Clive Alive’ to reinforce its core value; Safety. A contest is running in conjunction with this where all you have to do is take a picture with Clive Alive, tag Volvo Trucks on Facebook via #VolvoCliveAlive and outstanding pictures stand to win fantastic Volvo merchandise.
Dynafleet – a modular fleet management system
Dynafleet is Volvo’s telematics solution that can streamline the planning and execution of transport assignments. It includes a large variety of functions grouped together into three services: Fuel & Environment, Positioning and Messaging. The various services are offered either individually or in any choice of combination and can be easily integrated with the customer’s existing helloistrative systems.
Customers who want to use Dynafleet primarily as a tool for saving fuel and reducing their environmental impact will choose ‘Fuel & Environment’. ‘Positioning’ has been designed to provide location identification and route history, while ‘Messaging’ is a service allowing text messages to be exchanged between the drivers and the central office for better order integration.
“This modular structure is very flexible securing a wide range of different requirements with our services that are cost-effective for the customer,” explains Stephan Alveflo, Telematics Manager of Volvo Trucks, Asia Oceania.
In addition, the Dynafleet app which is available on Apple iTunes and Google Play, allows owners and fleet managers to conveniently follow each of their truck remotely, from any location via smartphone or tablet. The app features a fuel efficiency score that is built from four driver performance indicators: anticipation and braking, engine and gear utilisation, speed adaptation and standstill. They can also access a range of parameters in real time, including exact location, fuel consumption, driver times, carbon emissions, and the locations of Volvo Trucks’ dealerships.
Via an on-board driver coaching function (depending on package) and presented on a 7-inch colour display in the cab, the driver is guided to adopt more fuel efficient driving techniques. The app also allows drivers to compare with other drivers within the same fleet, and can be used as a base to reward high performing drivers.
“The fuel efficiency scores are unique to the Dynafleet app and make it even easier to monitor and reduce fuel consumption. Users will be able to access overall scores for the whole fleet or individual trucks and drivers, as well as data from specific time periods. The scores can then be broken down into specific parameters so that businesses can pinpoint the exact areas that need to be improved, tailoring action plans and training accordingly,” said Alveflo.
The Dynafleet app also shows vehicle positioning. Google’s detailed and easy-to-use map system provides route descriptions, route planning, address data and traffic information. Driver and vehicle data can be presented directly in the map. This is both practical and time-saving to provide information about a particular delivery and, at the same time, monitor its progress visually.
“With the new Dynafleet app, we have greatly improved access and navigation from mobile devices. Naturally mobility is in the DNA of every transport business,” said Alveflo.
Volvo Trucks’ Dynafleet system complements the on-going Volvo Driver Development Programme in helping customers gain better control of driving behaviour and transport routes. Combined with driver training, information gathered through Dynafleet can also help reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent. This forms a solid base for optimizing logistical flow and train drivers on specific skills needed to continuously improve fuel efficiency and vehicle productivity.
The new Dynafleet app is now available and can be downloaded free of charge from Apple iTunes and Google Play. A Dynafleet subscription however is required for it to be functional.
Volvo is offering two promotional packages for customers interested in subscribing for Dynafleet. Effective 14th May 2015, customers are entitled for three (3) years of free Dynafleet subscription with new orders of Volvo FM/FMX when signing up for the Gold Service Agreement. For other truck models, Volvo is offering a hardware retro-fit with three (3) months free subscription of Dynafleet. Terms & conditions apply.