One of the biggest challenges facing mass transit today is effective route management. Traffic navigation is subject to so many influences, it might seem impossible to accurately predict how best to get around an urbanised area. But that’s not necessarily the case, thanks to the growth in data sharing, smart technology and, of course, vehicle tracking.
Optimised journeys with onboard WiFi
Unlike trains or planes, onboard WiFi for road transport, when coupled with GPS, can improve journey times and lead to route-changes that avoid dangers and delays. Sygnal’s vehicle tracking GPS software enables transport companies to identify traffic bottlenecks and devise potential re-routing solutions in real-time.
Of course, for set-journey transport, directing vehicles to alternative routes might be out of the question. That doesn’t mean, however, that action can’t be taken to alert drivers and passengers to the level of traffic they’re likely to encounter on their route. Through WiFi-based monitoring systems, drivers can use this information to inform passengers of expected arrival times and communicate with central-office for subsequent deployments.
It’s not just passengers that benefit from better communication on travel times. Sygnal’s inbuilt positioning software simplifies sharing data between vehicles. Drivers can alert each other to sudden changes in traffic – for instance, if a route has been blocked off or if there’s been an accident – and adjust their route accordingly.
Besides the real-time benefits of using onboard WiFi for traffic navigation, the data gathered from tracking vehicle journeys can be used to manage routes according to passenger demand and reduce operational costs. Fleet analytics can tell companies everything from where a vehicle went to, at what time, at what speed it travelled, and how long it remained at certain locations. Increased accuracy with regards to arrival and departure times, particularly when that information can be communicated directly to a passenger/commuters personal device, builds brand trust and improves the overall journey experience.