An FMS, or fleet management system, refers to a combination of hardware and software needed for a business to dispatch and track its fleet of commercial motor vehicles. The core features of an FMS are scheduling and dispatch: Managers can schedule their drivers’ destinations and the FMS will automatically plan the most effective routes in real-time, accounting for weather or traffic changes.
The best fleet management systems will include plenty of additional features, from fuel tracking and safety alerts to tracking drivers’ hours of service for ELD Mandate compliance.
An FMS has three elements: The hardware GPS units that must be installed in each vehicle, the mobile app that drivers can use to access the FMS software with a phone or tablet, and the centralized dashboard that managers can use to track all the vehicle data on desktop or mobile.
With a comprehensive FMS, a fleet operator can streamline their operations significantly, and will more than likely make up for the cost of the FMS itself.