Motorola recently conducted a survey and turned up some notable results regarding the use of GPS:
"Field mobility workers in the transportation and trucking industry are experiencing difficulties such as locating stops, reducing fuel expense, and improving on-time performance resulting in a drain on financial and manpower resources of their organization," said Jim Hilton, director of field mobility, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business. He ain't kidding.
- Fuel cost savings: Nearly 50 percent of enterprises name reduction of fuel consumption as the number one benefit of using GPS -- reflected in a reduction in travel distance by an average of 231.2 miles per week and recording $51,582 in annual fuel saving.
- Nationwide savings potential: With more than a million trucking carriers in the United States, the potential industry-wide annual fuel savings could reach $53 billion.
- Time savings: Enterprises deploying GPS-enabled technologies saved an average of 54 minutes per day - translating into an annual recouped labor savings of $5,484 per employee or $5.4 million per enterprise.
Everyone understands how miles per gallon equates to money spent or saved getting from here to there. For those who make a living on the road, saving MPG can mean life or death for the business. GPS and location-based services are one way to help keep costs down.