Fleet Industry and Fleet Technology Glossary

Your A to Z reference list of all things fleet.

A

  • Active tracking

    Real-time monitoring of vehicle location and movement.

  • API (Application Programming Interface)

    A set of tools that allows different software programs to communicate and share data.

  • Asset tracking

    Monitoring the location and status of non-vehicle fleet assets.

  • AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location)

    An older term for real-time vehicle tracking using GPS technology.

B

  • BMS (Battery Management System)

    A system that monitors and manages the battery health and performance of electric vehicles.

  • Breakdown management

    The process of handling vehicle breakdowns, including dispatching assistance and minimising downtime.

  • Bulk fuel purchasing

    Strategies for buying fuel in large quantities to potentially reduce costs.

C

  • Compliance

    Ensuring fleet operations adhere to laws and regulations governing fleet operations, such as driver hour limitations or emissions standards.

  • Connected vehicle

    A vehicle equipped with technology that allows it to communicate and exchange data with other vehicles, infrastructure, and fleet management systems.

  • CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability)

    A program in the United States by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) that evaluates the safety performance of commercial motor carriers.

  • Cycle time

    The average time it takes to complete a specific task within the fleet, such as a delivery or preventive maintenance service.

  • CO2 emissions

    Carbon dioxide emissions generated by vehicle operation, a key factor in environmental regulations.

D

  • Data visualisation

    Presenting fleet data in a clear and easy-to-understand format, often using charts and graphs.

  • Driver behavior

    How drivers operate vehicles, including speed, braking, and adherence to safety rules, crucial for efficiency and safety

  • Driver behavior monitoring

    Tracking and analysing driver habits to improve safety and fuel efficiency.

  • Dispatching

    The process of assigning tasks or jobs to drivers and vehicles in real-time.

  • Driver scorecards

    Metrics and ratings used to evaluate driver performance based on various factors such as safety, efficiency, and compliance.

  • Data ingestion

    The process of collecting and importing raw data from various sources, such as telematics devices, into a centralised system for analysis and processing.

  • Driver ID

    Unique identification assigned to drivers within a fleet management system for tracking and monitoring purposes.

  • Downtime

    The period when a vehicle is unavailable for use due to maintenance, repairs, or breakdowns.

E

  • ELD (Electronic Logging Device)

    An electronic hardware attached to a commercial motor vehicle engine that automatically records driving hours and compliance with regulations.

  • Electric Vehicle (EV)

    A vehicle powered by an electric battery, with lower emissions than traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles.

  • Electrification

    The process of transitioning a fleet from traditional fuel vehicles to electric vehicles.

  • Emissions compliance

    Metrics and strategies that ensure fleet vehicles meet regulations for air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Engine idling reduction

    Technologies and strategies to minimise unnecessary engine idling, saving fuel and reducing emissions.

F

  • Fleet analytics

    Using data collected from various fleet management and vehicle tracking systems to gain valuable insights into fleet performance, areas for improvement and cost-saving opportunities.

  • Fleet management

    The holistic process of overseeing, tracking and optimising a company's fleet of vehicles and drivers.

  • Fleet optimisation

    Using technology and strategies to improve the efficiency and productivity of a fleet.

  • Fleet replacement lifecycle

    The systematic process of retiring and replacing vehicles or equipment within a fleet at predetermined intervals to ensure optimal performance, cost-efficiency, and reliability over time.

  • Fleet utilisation

    Metrics that indicate how effectively a fleet's vehicles are being used, revealing which vehicles are being used as expected, overused, or underused. 

  • Fuel card

    A payment card specifically used as an approved method for fleet drivers to purchase fuel, allowing fleet managers to track and manage fuel expenses.

  • Fuel economy

    A measure of the distance a vehicle can travel per unit of fuel (e.g. miles per gallon).

  • Fuel efficiency

    A measure of how effectively a vehicle converts fuel into usable energy, often measured by the amount of work performed or energy produced per unit of fuel.

  • Fuel management

    Using metrics and information to monitor and reduce fuel consumption across a fleet.

  • Fuel theft

    Unauthorised actions to obtain fuel including siphoning fuel directly from a company vehicle and fraudulently fueling up a non-company vehicle.

G

  • G-force sensor

    A device used for driver behaviour monitoring that measures the force exerted on a vehicle during acceleration, braking, or turning.

  • Geofencing

    Virtual boundaries on a map that are set in order to monitor vehicle movement and create alerts when vehicles enter or leave specific areas.

  • Global Positioning System (GPS)

    Satellite-based technology used to track vehicle location and movement.

  • Green fleet

    A fleet that prioritises environmentally friendly practices to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.

  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

    The maximum authorised weight of a fully loaded vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers.

H

  • Hours of Service (HOS)

    Regulations that govern the number of hours a commercial vehicle driver can work in a day or week to ensure driver safety and prevent fatigue.

  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

    A vehicle that uses both a gasoline engine and an electric motor for propulsion, offering improved fuel efficiency compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

  • Hydrocarbon emissions

    The release of harmful gases like carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide from vehicle engines, which contribute to air pollution.

  • Harsh event detection

    Technology that automatically detects and records sudden changes in vehicle movement, including hard braking and sharp turns, for accident analysis and driver coaching.

I

  • IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement)

    A tax agreement between some US states for commercial vehicles.

  • Incident management

    The process of responding to and resolving accidents, breakdowns, or other incidents involving fleet vehicles.

  • Inspection management

    Using software to schedule, track, and document vehicle inspections, ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

  • Integrations

    Connecting different fleet management systems and software programs to share data and improve efficiency.

  • Inventory management

    Tracking and managing the parts, tools, and other resources needed to maintain a fleet.

L

  • Leased vs. owned vehicles

    The distinction between vehicles that are rented under a lease agreement and those that are purchased outright and owned by the company.

  • Logistics management

    The overall planning, execution, and control of the movement and storage of goods within a supply chain, often involving fleet operations.

M

  • Maintenance management

    Scheduling and tracking vehicle maintenance to prevent breakdowns and extend vehicle life.

  • Mobile workforce management

    Optimising the scheduling, routing, and communication for a mobile workforce using fleet technology.

  • Multi-stop route planning

    Optimising routes for vehicles with multiple stops, considering factors like distance, traffic, and delivery windows.

N

  • Non-Revenue Vehicle (NRV)

    A vehicle in a fleet that is not directly generating income, such as a company car or a service vehicle.

  • Near real-time tracking

    A type of vehicle tracking that updates location data at frequent intervals, providing an almost real-time detailed picture of vehicle movement than passive tracking but not quite as instantaneous as true real-time tracking.

  • Net zero emissions

    The goal of achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere, often a target for sustainable fleet operations.

O

  • OBD-II / OBD 2 (On-Board Diagnostics))

    A standardised port in vehicles that allows connection to diagnostic tools and fleet management systems.

  • Open road testing

    The process of testing vehicle performance and functionality on a real highway or open road, as opposed to a controlled environment.

  • Overtime management

    Tracking and managing driver overtime hours to ensure compliance with regulations and minimize costs.

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