Jaama, the UK’s leading fleet industry asset management software system provider, has announced a host of functionality additions to its innovative smartphone ‘MyVehicle App’.
The latest generation of ‘MyVehicle App’ delivers both usability enhancements along with “look and feel” improvements, which will benefit both fleet managers and drivers.
‘MyVehicle App’ was launched last year providing company car and commercial vehicle drivers with vital fleet information. Critically, information uploaded by drivers via the app automatically updates Jaama’s multi award-winning Key2 asset management system, which in turn ‘auto triggers’ processes such as service, maintenance and repair procedures.
Jaama has a continuous programme of investment in product development that amounts to more than £2 million per year ensuring that solutions - Key2 and ‘MyVehicle App’ - remain at the cutting edge of fleet management.
‘MyVehicle App’ has already been very popular with customers, but the product continues to evolve as would be expected from Jaama and the latest developments include:
•Key2 system administrators being able to disable the ‘Add Vehicle’ option within ‘MyVehicle App’ resulting in only drivers’ allocated vehicles being displayed.
•Drivers now restricted from adding a vehicle if they do not have the required licence categories to drive it. The permitted licence categories for drivers can be obtained by using Key2’s link to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for licence checking.
•Key2 system administrators also being able to disable the ‘log accident’ option within ‘MyVehicle App’ if incidents are managed through a third party supplier.
•An audit of checks with ‘nil’ defects now stored within the Key2 ‘defects’ area.
•Individual vehicle checklist items now able to be configured as mandatory so the driver must set a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response only. Configuring checklist items as mandatory removes the ‘not applicable’ option.
•The ability to flag a defect as being a safety issue, resulting in the vehicle being flagged as ‘off road’ in Key2.
•‘MyVehicle App’ retaining a historic record of vehicle defects, the rectification date and other details including the name of the person signing the vehicle back on to the road. That means drivers are in possession of a vehicle’s complete defect history record if stopped by a Driver Vehicle Standards Agency enforcement officer.
•Drivers now being able to take a photo of a ‘critical’ defect and flag an ‘off-road’ status to the commercial vehicle via ‘MyVehicle App’. That creates an ‘urgent job’ alert in Jaama’s web-based vehicle, driver and workshop management solution Key2.
•A facility that combines ‘non-urgent’ vehicle defects into one job in Key2 thus reducing vehicle downtime. Rule sets within Key2 will link such reported defects together and where applicable tie them to a planned vehicle event, such as a service.
Many of the enhancements will help fleet and transport managers ensure legislative compliance by encouraging drivers to use ‘MyVehicle App’ on a self-service basis, while other functions boost operating efficiency.
Jaama managing director Martin Evans said: “Regulatory compliance is essential for all fleets and that can prove administratively burdensome without robust solutions in place to efficiently and effectively manage vehicles and drivers. Tools that enable drivers’ ‘self-service’ are becoming an essential requirement for fleet operators, and save significant back office manual intervention.
“‘MyVehicle App’, via auto-triggering, works in tandem with Key2 so drivers and their fleet/transport managers have all the very latest data at their fingertips to keep businesses at the cutting-edge of operational management.”
‘MyVehicle App’ is available from the App Store and deployable to Android and iOS devices. The “look and feel” enhancements also include a new smartphone icon.