Every business has been affected by the evolution of technology, but it’s the businesses that adapt to these changes and embrace new working methods that thrive in this new industry. As time moves forward the way we work changes, and in order to bring the best possible output to the management of your fleet, so must fleet management firms evolve to meet the growing needs of a connected and more technologically advanced industry.

Long ago fleet management firms had a simpler and sometimes easier role in the industry. Their duties mainly consisted of managing a company’s often smaller fleet size and ensuring its working order and operability within the parameters of that fleet’s needs. These days, fleet management firms need to see beyond the operation and maintenance of fleets and provide companies with strategic solutions like purchasing, transportation, distribution and maintenance. Along with the advent of new technologies this also means fleet management firms need to be up to date on all current trends, apps and models that can bring a better working force to companies.

Technology to the fleet management firms of the past could have meant something as simple as fully understand the inner workings of your fleet’s engines and moving parts. But today fleet management firms need to equip themselves with the proper technology to show they are invested in getting the most out companies fleets. With the oncoming growth of driverless cars and automation software, it is paramount that all firms are not only embracing these advances, but are hiring the right kind of personnel to understand, implement and manage these technologies. Over the years many fleet management firms have brought on and entirely new department to cover the technological side of their business along with high-level c-suite level employees like CTO’s (Chief Technology Officer) to manage and oversee these departments.

Another growing trend in the future of fleet management is the need to cut emissions and lower company’s carbon footprint from their fleet. Luckily technology has followed this trend and there are many options to bring into company’s fleets to solve this issue, but a good fleet management firm is cognizant of these changes and can bring them forward to any company with ease.

So where does the future of fleet management firms lie? Clearly the industry has evolved but what is the next step or the next big thing? As previously mentioned driverless technology coupled with GPS mapping of company’s warehouses is a huge growing trend, along with tool management applications and other software to make the job of fleet management firms something far more technological and connected to a company’s business than it has ever been before. Along with new trends to training and a wider base of connected individuals, the industry itself could have an entirely new look and feel within the next generation.

The rapid growth and changing of technology is not going anywhere soon, but luckily the fleet management industry has embraced these changes and is adapting, creating new and better solutions for forklift power, warehouse solutions, employee outreach and more. As a fleet management firm there is no ceiling as to how high or how much a firm can help a company in its fleet management needs and potentially more.