I think unfortunately the data that is available is still proprietary and it is still routed back to the OEM, in some instances maybe it's shared with other systems," says Mark Botticelli, chief technology officer at PeopleNet, Minnetonka, Minn.
Because most carriers run mixed fleets, using vehicles from more than one OEM, the problem is maintaining the same kind of connectedness across the fleet if relying on only the OEM's connectivity.
Third-party telematics providers help bridge that gap, Botticelli
"It's more real-time data movement, near real-time analytics and insightful reporting," Botticelli
As more and more data is collected, one of the biggest benefits of connected fleets may be "developing new ways to use the data that we haven't thought of yet," Botticelli
"That's why we're so excited about getting every piece of information and getting it into the cloud and available for third parties to look at, aggregate it, and then pump new data elements and analytics back into the ecosystem."
If a way could be found to aggregate the data from all vehicles while protecting a fleet's proprietary data, the results could be a much more efficient and safer transportation network.
"We are just at the beginning of that," says Botticelli
And much of that data could come from what the driver is wearing.
A shirt, for instance, might measure heart rate and body temperature.
If enough of that kind of data could be collected and analyzed, it might be possible to predict when a driver is getting tired before the driver is even aware he
is getting tired.