59% of fleet managers are excited about the role new technologies will play in their sector, according to a new report. However, over a third (39%) find it hard to stay informed about new developments. A further 42% say that staying competitive in a changing industry is their biggest challenge.
The results are published in Shell’s ‘Future of Fleet’ report which examines commercial transport trends. The report is based on a survey of 750 fleet professionals across four countries.
It highlights how the sector is being reshaped by the convergence of alternative fuels, new technology and services and how these changes are creating new opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, boost efficiency and keep competitive.
According to Katya Atanasova, Vice President of Shell Fleet Solutions: “The pace of change in commercial fleets is accelerating rapidly and the industry will look radically different within the next 20 years.”
She adds: “Alternative fuels, data analytics, automation and greater connectivity will require new business models, skills and partnerships between fleet operators, manufacturers, energy and technology providers and start-ups. For those responsible for managing fleets, there is also a need to engage drivers and the senior management in their organisations, to help test and capitalise on these new developments.”
Shell’s report examines some of the emerging concept and most interesting new ideas in the industry including: alternative fuels; sharing apps; 3D printing and autonomous driving.