inthinc Fleet Management Technology Helps Commercial Fleets "˜Go Green"™
05/03/2011 - inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., a global telematics company centered on fleet management and driver safety solutions, released a whitepaper describing how technology can reduce the impact commercial vehicle emissions have on the environment. inthinc develops technology that tracks engine idling as well as fuel consumption trends, providing commercial fleet managers with real-time reports on vehicles’ impact on the environment.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Americans consumed nearly seven billion barrels of oil in 2010 (roughly 145 billion gallons).* Using the conservative average price of gas in February 2011 ($3.21), Americans are projected to spend $455 billion on gasoline in this year alone assuming consumption remains constant. Organizations relying on fleet vehicles understand the enormous burden of these fuel costs and the impact each gallon of fuel has on the environment.
In an effort to cut down on fuel consumption and to support commercial fleet needs, inthinc developed technology to allow organizations to have tighter control on the impact commercial vehicles have on the environment—while still allowing them to operate an efficient fleet. Two primary components inthinc tackles are vehicle idling and speeding.
According to an independent study** the average driver idles roughly 16 minutes every day—creating almost 94 million metric tons of CO2 and burning over 10 billion gallons of gasoline annually. inthinc’s fleet management solution uses an in-vehicle device that monitors engine idling and records how long vehicles were left standing still in an unproductive mode. This information is displayed in real time on the web-based inthinc Portal where fleet managers can see which vehicles need to be shut down.
In addition, inthinc solutions coach drivers with real-time verbal alerts when speed limits are exceeded. While optimal fuel economy varies by vehicle type, gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60mph. By ensuring drivers keep the posted speed limit, inthinc helps ensure organizations maintain appropriate levels of fuel consumption—minimizing costs for the organization and keeping the environmental impact as low as possible.
“A primary component of our product development over the past decade has included creating ways to help our customers reduce the carbon footprint,” said Todd Follmer, CEO, inthinc Technology Solutions. “We are proud to participate in the global mission of ensuring a clean environment and look forward to playing a major role in providing ‘green’ technology for the commercial vehicle industry.”
inthinc is a global company centered on telematics, fleet solutions and driving safety. Its breakthrough driving safety solutions are designed to safeguard lives, save money and protect the environment. inthinc technology dramatically improves driver behavior and has been documented to reduce accidents by more than 80 percent. For more information, please visit http://www.inthinc.com.
**Carrico, A.R. et al., Costly myths: An analysis of idling beliefs and behavior in personal motor vehicles. Energy Policy (2009), doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.03.031