Following the success of DAF Telematics, launched in 2014, operators have been able to track the fuel savings that the latest Euro 6 compliant DAF range of vehicles is delivering. The DAF Telematics system is now supplied as standard with all new DAF vehicles ordered with a DAF MultiSupport Repair & Maintenance contract. Operators who choose not to take a Repair & Maintenance contract can order the system as an optional extra.
There are already over 1,300 vehicles fitted with the DAF Telematics system. Operators with the system receive a weekly fuel and utilisation report as part of the MultiSupport contract to enable them to track fuel efficiency.
Operators can also access a comprehensive view of fleet operations, with access delivered through a web-based online portal giving trend analysis reporting, focused on a single driver or the entire fleet, as well as a unique safety view and real-time visibility of fleet assets. DAF Telematics also caters for tachograph information, with the Microlise Remote Digital Tachograph Download module available to DAF Telematics customers.
Because the DAF Telematics system has been developed in partnership with Microlise, DAF customers can also very easily take the step into full logistics management systems, including Journey Management and Proof of Delivery, to suit their specific business needs.
One of the benefits of having so many vehicles equipped with the system is that DAF is able to analyse economy and vehicle performance trends for a large number of vehicles. "What we can see is that Euro 6 DAF vehicles are consistently outperforming similar Euro 5 vehicles on fuel economy by between 2% and 7%", said Phil Moon, Marketing Manager at DAF Trucks Ltd. "Although there are obvious variables between one operation and another, our ability to consolidate the data for so many vehicles and compare those of similar configurations means we can get a good view on how well the latest vehicles are performing."
Although the Euro 5 compliant DAF vehicles were undoubtedly delivering excellent fuel economy the move to Euro 6 and the attention to every detail that could affect economy has certainly paid off.
"We will be checking the impact of the latest efficiency enhancements to the DAF range as they start to deliver further fuel savings for operators," continued Moon.