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The Role of IoT in Vehicle Monitoring and Fleet Management

  • Akansha Sharma
  • May 02, 2024
  • RFID
The Role of IoT in Vehicle Monitoring and Management

A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology claims that approximately more than 150 billion objects should be interconnected through the internet by 2025. IoT (Internet of Things) is considered a third revolution in the digital world, after the emergence of computers and the internet.

Though you might be familiar with various IoT use cases around you, including smart homes, smart lighting, smart appliances, smart access control at shopping complexes, and many more, however, IoT also offers lots of commercial and industrial applications. One such application of the Internet of Things is vehicle monitoring and fleet management. 

IoT in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management contributes to providing solutions related to the management and protection of vehicles, and vehicle fleet(s) along with crucial driver and passenger safety applications. The role of IoT is crucial in modern transportation in the light of smart cities and smart living. 

Understanding the Role of IoT in Vehicle Monitoring and Fleet Management

The integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management expands the capabilities of the vehicle fleet in many ways. IoT-based sensors collect, analyze, and act upon real-time data, contributing to enhanced efficiency, safety, and sustainability in the management of a large fleet of vehicles. The development of connected cars is a prime example of IoT and AI coming together.

Let's discuss the role of IoT in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management:

 1. Vehicle Monitoring

IoT-based vehicle monitoring is a software-oriented solution that can keep track of the location of vehicles like trucks, trailers, and cars. IoT devices, such as GPS trackers and sensors, enable real-time tracking of vehicles. 

These software-oriented solutions, known as fleet management systems, enhance overall visibility and contribute to improved logistics and route optimization. The real-time data thus available also allows for efficient fleet operations, utilization of resources, and enhanced customer experience, which is paramount for businesses such as Uber, Ola, etc. 

2. Safety with smart driving

The IoT enables real-time monitoring of vehicles; it can also help and assist a driver with speed and acceleration to ensure better vehicle performance. Theft of vehicles can be prevented by using real-time tracking, geofencing, and immobilizing the vehicle. IoT sensors can also monitor the vehicle performance data, based on which vehicles can improve their overall performance, which includes the need for maintenance, engine conditions, and the status of other essential parts of the vehicle. Thus, the Internet of Things offers various avenues for fleet owners to not just manage their fleet and drivers but also remain profitable. 

3.Fault alerts and preventative maintenance of vehicles

Nowadays, vehicles are high-tech machines, and they are bound to experience technical glitches. Businesses with heavy fleets often face various losses due to the untimely breakdown of vehicles. Here come IoT-based sensors, RFID sensors for tires, and fault alert systems which can help alert drivers regarding faults so they have time to act and address the fault. To prevent a condition of total breakdown, fault alert systems predict this using AI algorithms and remote IoT data from vehicles. As IoT-based fault alert systems are reliable to use, this enhances the customer experience and in turn helps the fleet owners. 

The Role of IoT in Vehicle Monitoring and Management

4. Telematics Data (telecommunications and informatics)

Data captured from vehicles is collected by IoT sensors, and it can send instant alerts to drivers, and generate automatic reports through a centralized server. 

Using Telematics data for remote monitoring of vehicles can offer various benefits:

a. Maintenance Report

IoT-based sensors communicate with vehicles through an IoT network. These IoT sensors continuously collect various information from vehicles and the IoT vehicle monitoring system generates maintenance reports of vehicles on a regular period which consist of information like maintenance activities, driver hours, and environmental impact.

b. Nearby Maintenance Station Alerts

 IoT sensors on vehicles continuously monitor and analyze the condition of vehicles. Sometimes, vehicle drivers face challenges like tire puncture or air leakage issues, an extreme temperature rise in the vehicle engine, or some kind of sensor glitch. A vehicle monitoring solution with telematics notifies the driver of such issues along with the location of nearby maintenance stations.

c.   Driver Behavioral Data

 IoT-based vehicle remote monitoring systems with telematics data can also monitor the behavioral data of vehicle drivers. Telematics data offers feedback through IoT smartphone apps or vehicle displays on driver’s behavior changes to improve vehicle safety if required.

Challenges of using IoT in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management

 Integration of IoT in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management is beneficial for users, but it also comes with some possible challenges:


 IoT-based vehicle monitoring and fleet management deal with high amounts of data over a network, which makes data vulnerable to cyberattacks and data theft. So, the IoT network that a vehicle system should use must be secure and foolproof from the possibilities of cyber threats.

2. High Cost

 Implementing IoT-based solutions in large fleets requires a significant investment in hardware and software. IoT systems used in vehicle monitoring and fleet management are quite advanced, with high installation and running costs.

3. Data privacy issues

IoT sensors on vehicles or vehicle monitoring systems extensively collect data on vehicle movement, including driver behavior, vehicle health, fuel usage, location, and other privacy concerns. So, the establishment of a data privacy policy and mechanism to ensure the protection of sensitive information with relevant regulations

In conclusion, the interconnected ecosystem of smart vehicles, IoT sensors, and analytical data is providing a boost to the automobile industry with high efficiency and safety for its users. For fleet owners, businesses like Uber, Ola, truck owners, etc., this is particularly beneficial. 

Connecting all vehicles with the IoT network provides efficient vehicle management; vehicles seamlessly communicate and respond intelligently to their surroundings. The use of IoT in-vehicle monitoring and fleet management results in a secure driving experience and higher vehicle running efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on IoT in Fleet Management

Q1) What is the role of IoT in smart vehicles?

 The role of IoT in smart vehicles is to enhance vehicle performance and user experiences. It also allows remote monitoring and management of smart vehicles.

Q2) How can IoT optimize the fuel efficiency of vehicles?

IoT-based vehicle monitoring systems regularly track patterns of fuel usage and unnecessary wasteful behavior. Vehicle monitoring and management with IoT can monitor fuel levels, analyze data, and optimize routes, resulting in reduced fuel costs and a more efficient approach to operations.

Q3) What is smart parking for vehicles using IoT?

Smart vehicles equipped with IoT sensors can efficiently navigate vehicles to find available parking spaces by using IoT-enabled camera sensors, which assist a vehicle in efficient parking. It minimizes the time spent searching for parking but also minimizes unnecessary fuel consumption.

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  • Created on Nov 25, 2023

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