Gone are the days of an old bus, burning fuel, sometimes breaking down and giving its passengers a hot and bumpy ride. Today’s modern bus has replaced this basic vehicle into one of comfort, smooth rides and air conditioning but within its shiny exterior is a wide range of electronic systems monitoring conditions and reporting back to the fleet operator.
Modern technology ensures these systems work together and communicate, but not all do and in these cases rely on a controller to pull this information together and send it back to base. This reconciling of technology is commonly known as CANbus and it has set the industry buzzing with the benefits it offers fleet managers and reduced running costs.
fleetminder is one such Australian company leading the way in the supply and installation of CANbus devices.
What exactly is a CANbus?
As previously mentioned today’s modern vehicle is more technically advanced making it more efficient and safer, but this technology doesn’t come without problems.
A CANbus device puts the fleet manager in the virtual driving seat able to monitor the 70 plus electronic control units designed to manage and retrieve information from the various subsystems. These subsystems can be as large as the engine control unit and go down to the vehicle’s airbags, antilock brakes, cruise control and windows.
In essence the CANbus ensures the systems that need to talk to one another, even those not designed that way to constantly monitor vehicle performance and relay this information back to base.
Information CANbus provides
CANbus monitors a wide range of information including fuel consumption, revolutions per minute, odometer reading, throttle position, engine load/torque, fuel levels and engine temperature.
Not only is regular engine data obtained but also fault codes such as brake failure, airbag deployment, emergency lights being activated, over RPM and so on.
This level of details allows a fleet manger to work out what is normal so that when there is a problem it can be quickly identified and corrected.
Is the vehicle going off course? Perhaps the driver is excessive on speed and braking causing problems not only with company procedures but also giving customers a rough ride. CANbus can flag all this information allowing the fleet manager to address issues quickly making sure the business is meeting their OH&S policies and government regulation obligations.
CANbus relays the information in a data rich format back to base each day. Typical data protocols include J1939 for heavy vehicles and J1937 for light vehicles.
The ease of a Fleetminder supplied system is it can provide a customised report flagging only issues so the fleet manager is not overwhelmed by information. This ensures the fleet manager is focused on correcting issues rather than finding them – creating a more effective and efficient fleet.
CANbus saves your business money
A CANbus system allows a fleet manager to know when their vehicles are running at their most efficient and ensures drivers are working within company policy and government regulation.
A vehicle’s electronic system will record how much fuel is being used, how it’s performing and where it’s going. This tracking allows a fleet manager to calculate what’s normal and move quickly to address incidents when a vehicle is going outside of those norms.
This monitoring ensures vehicles are taking the most efficient route and travelling at the optimum speed cutting out costs associated with excessive fuel consumption and poor driver behaviour.
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