While there are certain times that speed is needed, what may really be needed is speed management for improved driver safety. And while there are various ways to determine speed, monitoring speed by GPS is here and now – and even the wave of the future.
In our modern times, technology has advanced to using satellites for GPS tracking, which measures the time and distance between points on the ground and calculates the speed taken to move from point A to point B.
More Accurate Speed Management
But the real benefit of vehicle speed monitored by GPS is the lack of moving parts which can wear out such as tires, cables and tire pressure. Speed management must look at factors such as vehicle type, function, location, road conditions, weather, environment, and more.
This is what makes GPS speed more accurate than the OEM speedometer found standard in most vehicles, as well as older vehicles. However, GPS speed, sometimes, can be flawed, as it is dependent on satellite signals. If reception is blocked, speed calculations can be flawed or skewed, which, in turn, affects the data you will receive on your vehicles or entire fleet.
Test it for Yourself
Therefore, if there are no extenuating circumstances, especially no blocked signal, vehicle speed monitored by GPS is more accurate than and OEM speedometer. Factors such as tire pressure and wear affect the OEM speedometer reading– so much so that you can easily compare the two. Just use a smart phone to monitor the GPS speed while looking at the OEM speedometer in the dashboard. You will often see a 3 MPH difference between these two devices.
Take Speed Management to the Next Level
If you’re looking to see an improvement in speed management, adding dashcams to your GPS tracking and telematics takes it to the next level. Dashcams bring a visualization to the circumstances in which speed is an important variable. Dashcams can help answer questions such as “Was a vehicle driving too fast for the weather conditions?” “Did the driver accelerate to run the yellow light?” With dashcam video information, fleet managers can better evaluate a situation to determine the best course of action to improve driver behavior. Although fleet dashcams are an optional expense, many insurance companies are now requiring them to combat false accident claims and improve driver safe driving habits.