Consultancy services adding value and boosting profits
When Budapest Transport Company BKV decided to investigate how telematics could help its business, it decided to employ the consultancy services of MiX Telematics' Hungarian channel partner, Szanyo.
With five large transport divisions across Budapest – bus, tram, metro, suburban railway and trolleybus – BKV was keen to learn how telematics could benefits its business. Improving fuel economy, reducing vehicle emissions, raising driving standards through safe and fuel efficient driving, increasing passenger comfort and reducing maintenance costs and accidents were all high on the company's agenda.
After evaluating its options, BKV awarded Szanyo a tender to prove fuel consumption costs could be lowered by implementing RIBAS, the MiX Telematics in-cab driver feedback system. Accordingly, Szanyo equipped five of its fleet of articulated Volvo buses with MiX Telematics' Fleet Manager solution and 13 drivers were chosen to be part of the trial.
There were four key stages of the proof of concept process proposed by Szanyo; measure, driver engagement, targets and results.
Measurement began by monitoring the current perfomance of the chosen trial vehicles and their drivers for a period of four weeks. The drivers were not informed at this stage in order to obtain a representative benchmark for current driving data.
With the average fuel economy of the vehicle types, a fuel target of 58.73 l/100km was then set. A MiX Telematics fleet consultant hosted a driver engagement workshop for the drivers. Here, RIBAS was introduced but the drivers were not given any instruction in driving techniques. One of the test buses was then assigned to the group and each of the drivers were asked to complete a pre-determined route driving as they normally would.
Once the circuit had been completed, the fleet consultant delivered an in-depth training session, teaching each driver how to drive more efficiently and offering tips and advice on how they could use RIBAS to reduce counts of events such as harsh acceleration and harsh braking. The route took approximately 35 minutes to complete and was 11.5 kilometres in length.
Representing a typical bus route, the journey included a mixture of islands, dual carrageway, traffic lights and even simulated bus stops.
After their training, the drivers were left to practice their new techniques for the following four weeks.
Comparing the before and after results yielded a marked improvement in many respects for BKV:
- Overall number of RIBAS events reduced by 45% Harsh braking down 77%
- Excessive idling was significantly reduced through the adoption of Szanyo's recommendation to create geofenced areas at each of its depots to help identify where and when drivers were leaving their engines running
- Overall fuel consumption reduced by 9.5% (Fuel consumption during the first four weeks was 60.9 l/100km compared to 55.6 l/100km during the second two weeks)