• Alex Carter

How Accurate is GPS Speed in a Vehicle Tracking System and How Does it Assist in Fleet Management?

On July 3, 1886, mechanical engineer Karl Benz drove the first automobile in Mannheim, Germany, reaching a top speed of 16 km/h (10 mph). Today the fastest car Hennessey Venom GT can reach speeds up-to 270 mph. The reason speed is monitored is not just for setting a record but in practicality it is used by fleet companies for ensure road/ consignment safety along with enhancing green driving habits.


Traxroot GPS speed

According to Richard Langley, professor of geodesy and precision navigation at the University of New Brunswick, GPS speed is more accurate than most of the speedometers. In-order to bring more accuracy to GPS speed, a clean line of sight of the GPS antenna which is open to sky is required. Know more about 5 blogs every fleet manager should read. The vehicle tracking system helps in generating reports and alerts when there is speed violation.


When it comes to vehicle speedometers, a lot of factors can affect the speed shown in speedometers, some of the factors which affect the speed values shown on OEM fitted vehicle speedometers is as follows:


1)Tire pressure

2)Tire temperature

3)Summer or winter tires

4)Tire size

5)Tread wear


In a fleet management software, the most important role is to track, manage and maintain your fleet and one of the parameters which is constantly monitored is the speed of vehicle which will be preassigned as per its environment of operation. When the speed values exceeds the working values, alerts via push notification or email/ SMS will be triggered. Monitoring the speed not only reduces accidents but also saves the lives of the driver and the public.

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