Driving Towards Efficiency With Dynafleet

Syarikat Jasa Selamat Sdn Bhd experiences the telematics system at work, yielding positive results in both driver and truck performance.

Ever since it was first introduced in 1994, Dynafleet has continuously helped logistics fleet owners monitor and improve driver and truck performance. Using data-driven technology, the telematics system helps track and analyse various aspects related to truck driving, including the monitoring of fuel as well as the driving patterns and habits of drivers.

The information derived from Dynafleet is then used to help fleet owners as well as their drivers understand the areas that need improvement in order to maximise fuel economy. The end result translates to not only huge cost savings as well as maximised profits for companies but it also helps elevate the skillsets of drivers.

Dynafleet is optimised for Volvo Trucks and it uses data sourced directly from the Telematics Gateway (TGW) of the truck to obtain precise data on positioning, fuel consumption and driving behaviour. It also allows fleet managers to seamlessly keep track of their trucks positioning and performance to enable preventive maintenance on parts that are wearing out.

Experiencing Dynafleet At Work
To truly understand and appreciate Dynafleet, one has to experience the system at work. This is what Jasa Selamat Sdn Bhd, one of the nation’s biggest cement hauliers found out first hand. Founded in 1975 in Chemor, Ipoh by Mr Yew Choo Kein, the company specialises in cement transportation and currently operates a fleet of over 200 trucks to fulfil its transportation needs.

At present there are over 100 Volvo Trucks within Jasa Selamat’s fleet, most of which are the Volvo FM and FMX. With its average 50 ton payload per trip and extensive transport route mapped all over the country, which works out to about 8,000km per month, the haulier offered the perfect testing ground for Dynafleet to showcase its capabilities.

From April to September 2019, five Volvo FMX trucks installed with Dynafleet were put to the test at Jasa Selamat. To ensure maximum results, the company selected a mix of drivers, which included their best, average and those who needed improvement. The drivers (aged between late 30s and early 40s) were not informed about the pilot test, which allowed them to drive as they would on a normal transport run.

Data Evaluation
After the first month of testing, a detailed report was presented to the team at Jasa Selamat for them to evaluate the findings. The initial data presented not only allowed both the company and its drivers to identify sectors that needed improvement but also helped identify features of the Volvo FMX they could use to help improve fuel efficiency.

Upon evaluating the report, Volvo Trucks dispatched driver trainer Ahmad Rosdi to provide feedback as well as individual training to each driver, targeting specific areas for improvement. This included tutorials on how to properly engage and utilise i-Shift and P-mode, proper brake application, reducing of idling time as well as the utilization of cruise control and gentle acceleration techniques.

The evaluation continued over the course of the Dynafleet pilot trial and after six months the results yielded a positive effect with a14% improvement on overall fuel savings for the company.

Saving Fuel & Reducing Costs
According to Mr.Yew Ze Hao, Director, Syarikat Jasa Selamat Sdn Bhd, the company was pleasantly surprised with the results that Dynafleet produced. “We have been using other telematics system and approach to track fuel consumption of our trucks and also the driving behaviour, but those systems did not offer the insights as extensive as Volvo Dynafleet on driving patterns,” he explained.

Ze Hao added that Dynafleet had a distinct advantage over most systems and it not only pinpointed these areas but also highlighted the root causes of increased fuel consumption from their drivers. “I appreciate the detailed accuracy of the reports that Dynafleet were able to generate, such as braking patterns, engine and gear utilization, speed adaptation by the use of coasting and cruising as well as idling time management,” added Mr. Yew.

“Plus with the driver training afforded by Volvo Trucks Malaysia, we managed to work on the areas that needed improvement on an individual basis. This not only impacted our company in terms of cost savings but also allowed our drivers to elevate their skillset.”

Mr. Yew added that his drivers were both excited and receptive to Dynafleet as it allowed them to gauge their individual performance. “This motivated them to upgrade themselves in order to become better drivers,” he enthused. With the positive results Dynafleet delivered to Jasa Selamat, Mr. Yew admitted he was more than happy to have Dynafleet on his other vehicles in his fleet too.

. “Experiencing Dynafleet at work personally, I think it’s a great feature for transport operators to leverage on to save on their fuel bill and maximise their profits.” Ze Hao concluded.

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