Freeway Fleet Systems will be showcasing new developments in predictive fleet maintenance at this year’s ALBUM conference. Freeway’s latest asset management software can now receive live data from vehicle sensors and, using artificial intelligence (AI), help predict potential problems with individual buses and coaches.

The new developments are a result of AI software advances and integration with onboard vehicle technology innovators Stratio and Wheely-Safe. In addition to this vehicle data, Freeway also pools data from multiple sources such as engineer and driver inspections, parts performance, fuel consumption, mileage and maintenance schedules. This ensures the fleet is kept running efficiently and in optimum condition, minimising downtime and costs.

The ALBUM Conference 2022 will be held at The Village Hotel, Blackpool on 26 and 27 April 2022. Attracting the bus industry’s operators and suppliers, the conference will hear speakers give their views on the industry’s collective challenge to modernise, decarbonise and digitalise.

With data from a vehicle diagnostics and other sensors, Stratio uses AI to predict faults in key components. When integrated with Freeway, it provides crucial, real-time, information of on-the-road vehicle performance and condition. Wheely-Safe meanwhile detects problems with wheels and brakes, such as loose nuts, overheating brakes and low tyre pressures; data that Freeway’s software also picks up automatically.

Freeway has also developed smart software that predicts the type and quantity of parts needed to maintain a fleet. Also using AI, the software works out future stock level requirements updating parts suppliers to automate stock replenishment and help eliminate out-of-stock occurrences. Freeway continually learns from historic data to create a more accurate predictive model.

Freeway provides an end-to-end solution so operators have a single system to handle the entire fleet management process, from scheduling service work, to managing defects and compliance, as well as stores and purchasing. The latest developments build on Freeway’s moves to improve workshop efficiency and productivity through the introduction of mobile devices.

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