When do we call a system a success? Well, the answer is simple. If the pros weigh higher than the cons than the system is definitely worth it. Over the past decade, the vehicle tracking system has been proven to be a boon to the Vehicle Industry. Its advantages are unlimited. From giving real-time updates, providing theft prevention, reduction in insurance cost, weather updates for paramount customer satisfaction, the list is endless. But just like any other system, it has its fair share of drawbacks too. Here are the 5 most pervasive problems faced in the Vehicle Tracking System:
Rare Inaccuracy of GPS
The mechanism of a vehicle tracking system works by acquiring and interpreting the signal from multiple satellites. These signals can get affected due to several factors including storms, tall buildings or other obstructions. In such cases, the ever-reliable GPS becomes weak and inaccurate. While traveling to new places, this can create havoc if the driver is unaware of the roads.
Many modern GPS trackers work on Solar powers or high battery charge. For most of the time, this works wonders. But in some unfortunate cases, when the battery dies, the GPS shuts down leaving the driver high and dry.
This can be expected with the passive GPS trackers as they suck on the heavy charge to work. Most of the systems switch to sleep mode in order to avoid the battery consumption when the vehicle is lying idle. There are many other ways to cope up with this problem. Using a combination of active and passive tracker can also solve the issue.
Another disadvantage of a vehicle tracking system is that while many of the employees will understand the need for a fleet management software or a vehicle tracking system, some may find it hard to work with. Why? Well, they may be of the opinion that their privacy is getting breached. But then, in the workplace keeping track of all events helps in the long run, right?
That is exactly what some employees find hard to believe and therefore resist working with the GPS tracker. It’s rare but they might feel the devices as an invasion of their privacy or autonomy.
So, how do you deal with them? Well, remember the phrase, “Honesty is the best policy!”. Be honest about your devices with your employees.
Here is how you can explain –
- How GPS will be used?
Each of your employees should be taught beforehand about the usage of GPS. Until and unless they are fully aware of the features of the vehicle tracker, they won’t be able to use it efficiently. So, make them aware of the features like driver behavior, monitoring routes, and tracking schedules.
Also, be clear with the fact that they must meet the deadlines that are scheduled by the GPS. This is the standard which every driver of the fleet must meet.
- Benefits to you and them
Yes, a vehicle tracking system assists the manager in reducing paperwork and making efficient schedules. But it’s also true that the benefits are far more for the driver than the manager. Starting with the location tracker, route manager, fuel management to traffic updates, a GPS tracker can work wonders for the driver.
You must have heard about, “Nature is the mightiest of all”. The most beautiful and equally scary aspect of nature is that its unpredictability.
You may never know when the conditions might turn drastic. The signals are severely affected in cases of obstruction like solar flares. In these conditions, a manual map is very helpful as the accuracy of GPS tracker is badly affected.
Learning the New Software
Getting acquainted with new software is tough since the unknown system can be complicated to deal with. It takes a considerable amount of time to learn them especially if you have never used a fleet management system or a GPS based vehicle tracker before.
But in many cases, the lack of familiarity with the new software is easy to overcome with just spending some time with it. Trying out the new features with trial and error method might take some time but once you figure it out, you will enjoy it.
With the new software updates and assistance, managers and employees are assisted over their mobile phone where they can track their learning curve. While learning new software, the learning curve might seem a big hurdle, but it’s only temporary discomfort.
These are the only temporary disadvantages of a vehicle tracking system. There might be a little discomfort initially, but with practice and time, this discomfort won’t even matter and what seemed like a hurdle, would soon feel like a smooth ride.