UK launch for Michelin Connected Fleet in 2021
At this year’s Solutrans show, Michelin is launching Michelin Connected Fleet in its home market of France. This launch follows the introduction of Michelin Connected Fleet in Spain in October 2020, and Michelin says it will also debut in the UK by the end of this year, as well as in Germany and South Africa.
Michelin Connected Fleet is a new umbrella brand for fleets that brings together all of the Michelin Group’s fleet management services and solutions under the same banner, including Masternaut in Europe, NexTraq in North America, and Sascar in South America. Some 70,000 customers throughout the world thus currently use Michelin Connected Fleet products, representing a fleet of 600,000 vehicles in 48 countries. They receive and process the data from approximately 300 million journeys per year.
The mission of Michelin Connected Fleet is to help its customers to understand and interpret the data from their vehicles by means of fleet management tools, in order to improve efficacy, the safety of goods and people, and the environmental impact of their activity. It is presenting its new fleet management solutions for trucks and trailers operating in transport and logistics applications at Solutrans. These connected solutions are designed to give managers a complete, real-time vision of the way in which their trucks and trailers are used.
Optimising fleet use
Thanks to the telematics systems installed in the vehicles, fleet managers have a real-time view of their goods, the trucks and trailers making up their fleet, and the area in which they are located. They can therefore optimise the use of their fleet, reduce their costs, and ensure road safety, by adapting driving behaviours. They can anticipate maintenance programmes in order to minimise unscheduled downtime. Lastly, they can monitor tyre pressures and temperatures in order to considerably reduce accidents and costs.
Michelin states that these solutions stand out from the rest thanks to “personalised assistance” from Michelin Connected Fleet experts. It adds that customers benefit from an in-depth analysis of data with a high added value, which is translated into action plans adapted to their needs. “Transport companies, therefore, have information to improve their operational efficacy.”
Transforming data into high-value information
“Data management is vital when it comes to running a fleet,” states Marc Pasquet, director of the Michelin Services & Solutions business line. “As vehicle technology develops, our expertise in data analysis allows us to meet our customers’ requirements as precisely as possible in order to assist them in their activities.
“With Michelin Connected Fleet, we offer them the tools and expert support to help them transform the data from their vehicles into information with high added value,” Pasquet continues. “This will allow them to improve their company’s efficacy, reduce their environmental impact, and make their operations safer.”