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Commercial fleet management deployments to number 7.1 million units by 2018: Berg

Iain Morris
October 22, 2014

The number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe will grow from 3.65 million in 2013 to 7.1 million by 2018, according to new research from Berg Insight.

Berg says that several international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as leaders on the European fleet management market and will spur take-up of the technology in future.

Masternaut (Aberford, UK) reported an active installed base of nearly 350,000 units in July 2014, mainly in France and the UK, but TomTom Telematics (Amsterdam, Netherlands) was the fastest growing vendor this year and now serves more than 400,000 customers.

Those two companies shared the number one spot in terms of their active installed base in Europe in Berg’s study.

Digicore (Irene, South Africa) is another provider that has joined the small group of fleet management players with more than 100,000 devices in the field, while Transics (Ypres, Belgium) – which caters to the heavy trucks segment – is not far behind with 85,000 active units.

According to Berg, a major trend over the past three years has been the standard line fitment of fleet management solutions among HCV manufacturers.

Scania (Sodertalje, Sweden), Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) and Volvo (Gothenburg, Sweden) are now experiencing rapid growth thanks to such initiatives.

FleetBoard by Daimler, Dynafleet by Volvo and Scania Fleet Management have become the successful systems in terms of sales, with cumlulative shipments of 150,000 units, 135,000 units and 100,000 units respectively as of the fourth quarter of 2013.

Meanwhile, LCV manufacturers are increasingly working together with aftermarket players to offer fleet management solutions.

PSA Peugeot Citroen (Paris, France), for example, has launched a new fleet management service in France in partnership with Orange Business Services (Paris, France), while Ford (Detroit, MI, USA) and Telogis (Aliso Viejo, CA, USA) recently teamed up to deliver fleet management services to Ford customers in Europe.

“Seven major mergers and acquisitions have so far taken place this year among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, a senior analyst with Berg.

The latest transaction occurred earlier this month when Finder acquired Polish rival Autoguard to form the largest FMS provider in Poland.

Fagerberg reckons market consolidation will continue in 2015.
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