Description / objective
The principal areas in which consumption is monitored by a transport operator are: bus kilometers (in service and deadheading); driver hours (in service and deadheading); fuel and lubricant volumes; tire and retread lives; vehicle materials usage; and workshop labor hours (productive and unproductive).
Monitoring of bus kilometers can be obtained through ITS vehicle location technologies, and these kilometers then used to calibrate data from in-vehicle data capture of driver hours, and other factors from respective control system sources. The instantaneous fuel usage rate can also be calculated from in-vehicle data capture of fuel flows and automated vehicle location data on kilometers run.
Advantages and cautions
Real-time information on their fuel usage rate can enable drivers to improve their performance in this regard, and resultant cost savings can more than justify the necessary technology investment.