British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association says technology will have a huge impact on the way the fleet industry chooses, operates and manages its vehicles.
Findings from the Fleet Technology survey show that 45% of fleets consider themselves to be early adopters of new automotive technology. A further 47% would describe themselves as taking a cautious approach, while just 8% felt they were stragglers in their uptake.
When it comes to the factors influencing driver vehicle choice, connectivity and smartphone integration are set to soar in importance over the next five years, according to the survey respondents.
Just 20% of fleets believe connectivity and smartphone integration is very important at the moment, but three times as many (61%) say it will be very important in five years’ time.
Commenting on the results, BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said, “This survey shows that the automotive environment is set to be transformed by technology over the next few years. The knowledge, expertise and buying power of the rental and leasing sector means that it will be at the heart of this revolution. Our findings suggest that some of the things that used to drive vehicle choice – such as driving performance, comfort and design – are rapidly becoming less important as fleets focus on technology and safety.
Fleets highlighted that driverless cars and alternatively-powered vehicles are the technologies that have the potential to have the greatest positive impact on the industry.
Fatigue warning devices were cited as the most important safety technologies for fleets, while futuristic features such as night-vision cameras were among the least important for fleets.