The environmental impact of gasoline-powered vehicles is staggering. One-fifth of global carbon dioxide emissions come from the transportation sector, and road vehicles account for 74.5 percent of transportation emissions worldwide.

If you’re still using paper forms or other cumbersome systems to keep your fleet running, there’s a better way. Fleet management technology, which includes everything from dashcams and GPS sensors on trucks, to real-time displays and mapping tools in the logistics center–can be a game changer for fleet managers. Advanced tools include solutions to monitor fuel usage in real time, automatically plan more efficient routes, and view driver behavior for fuel-sucking habits like hard braking and rapid acceleration.

That is why automotive industry leaders can use IoT solutions to improve vehicle efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of their products. Incorporating IoT monitoring systems increases vehicle efficiencies and enhances precision around maintenance, driver behavior, and navigation.

IoT technology to add sustainability efforts in the automotive sector

1 – Monitoring Vehicle Location and Driver Behavior

Using IoT sensors to track vehicle location and monitor driver behavior can yield insights over time along with instant alerts that let managers address problems and optimize routes, helping to minimize gas consumption and time stuck in traffic.

2 – Enabling Predictive Maintenance

From new spark plugs to replacement air filters, preventative maintenance can be worth its weight in fuel savings. A finely tuned fleet vehicle runs more efficiently and can also reduce the risk of larger, even more expensive repairs farther down the road. Having access to this information helps minimize downtime and keep vehicles running smoothly and efficiently, reducing fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and lowering cost and emissions as a result.

3 – Enabling More Energy-Efficient Routes

Without big data, micromobility providers struggle to spot use patterns. That leads to a lot of unnecessary fleet transportation. In the shipping and delivery sectors, real-time location data can help fleet managers craft more efficient routes for every truck. Connected C02 trackers can even measure emissions before and after adjustments to verify that sustainability efforts are paying off.

IoT connectivity is an incredibly valuable tool for implementing environmental sustainability in the automotive sector, empowering efforts at every level. Connected sensors provide a spectrum of data that, combined with the power of AI and predictive analytics, provides drivers with a precise, accurate picture of a vehicle’s performance. That knowledge can maximize efficiencies and reduce emissions in fleets of traditional vehicles.