What is Ashok Leyland Driver SAATHi?
Published On Nov 26, 2021
India’s second-largest heavy truck maker aims to help enhance driver performance, productivity, safety with an innovative and integrated digital application.
Truck drivers are a rare commodity these days as fleets across the board are feeling the heat of driver shortage. In such a gloomy industry phenomenon, attracting new drivers turns out to be a herculean task, and so those that are running the fleet keeping them in good shape is paramount. There is an awakening of sorts to make driver life better by providing a host of organic and in-organic tools besides improving their life.
Larger fleet operators and OEMs are working in tandem to help drivers in better working conditions as well as bringing in technology to make the rigour of driving a truck relatively easier. Today, more than ever, drivers are at the core of the sustainable transport and logistics sector which ships over 70% of Indian cargo that keeps the wheels of the economy running.
Ashok Leyland Steps-In
While the trucking industry is evolving quite rapidly with modern trucks and technologies that are altering short to long-haul trucking in more than one way. Ashok Leyland-the major domestic truck makers in India stepping on the gas in offering new, digital solutions to its customers and drivers for efficient fleet-management and higher utilisation of trucks.
In a new offering recently, the company has introduced Driver SAATHi, a patented system-driven telematics solution to enhance the driver performance, productivity, safety while creating value for stakeholders at all levels – driver, fleet manager, fleet owner, and OEM itself. The company already offers key digital tools to truck owners that give them an edge in today's competitive business environment.
What is in it?
The Driver SAATHi aims to help the transport ecosystem with its unique offering and user-friendly features. For example, the apps help drivers in performance score, improve TAT and reduced stoppage, higher top gear utilization, reduced idling and reduced over-revving, all this is to not only better the truck utilisation but also increase the mileage in today’s rising fuel prices.
Then there are key safety features like alerts on harsh braking and overspeeding, Gain meaningful insights to improve the driving skills and behaviour, earn badges and associate pride as a star performer to reward those drivers who are working hard towards improvement.
How does it help?
Driver SAATHi works in collaboration with its iALERT platform intended to improve the performance of the driver through real-time feedback and provide an objective evaluation, making the process safer and efficient. The data from iALERT is processed and is bucketed into three major categories like performance, productivity, and safety to be further scrutinized based on parameters like top gear utilization, red zoning, over stoppage, harsh braking, and idling making it time-effective for fleet owners and fleet managers.
This easy-to-navigate interface paired with a uniquely differentiated solution offers improved business profitability with multifold gains by savings through driver behaviour modification. The top features of this app include real-time live coaching to drivers that are integrated with Google maps, a patented driver scoring mechanism with all the major regional languages.
Empowers Fleet Manager & Owners
The apps also help small, medium and large fleet operators with key data. With the help of the apps, a fleet manager can get actionable insights like live vehicle status, SOS history and status, driver leader board, fleet utilization data, trip creation/cancellation summary, live trip performance, driver/vehicle/route comparisons, driver scores act as an industry standard that helps overall fleet performance
Besides the drivers and fleet managers, Driver SAATHi helps fleet operators too. With features such as trip performance at a glance, effective benchmarking – vehicle/route-wise, driver retention, driver leaderboard and trip history, fleet utilization, vehicle uptime and SOS status and helps fleet owners identify and incentivize the best performing driver.
This innovative digital app is another step by Ashok Leyland in helping drivers in a big way that make them productive and take care of their safety which directly benefits the superior utilisaiton of fleet.