Create geographical zones
By setting map boundaries and downloading them to the vehicle’s fleet management software it is possible to create zones in order to apply recommendations, rules and restrictions to vehicles entering a zone. Using real-time GPS tracking of the vehicle’s position, the system alerts the driver when approaching such a zone.
Each zone is given attributes. These may be a speed limit, a time frame or a calendar controlling other parameters. A zone can be valid for all or some of the vehicles in the fleet. The zones may also overlap.
In a silent zone the noise level is restricted for the benefit of the citizens. Cities have different reasons for creating silent zones, for example close to residential areas, recreation areas or hospitals. Zone Management switches to silent drive prior to entering the silent zone, and the vehicle goes back to standard operation after exiting the zone.
Every city street and every road has a speed limit. By specially defining the low-speed zones it is possible to ensure the driver is always aware of the current limit. The system warns and reports if vehicle speed exceeds the limit. It is also possible to actively control the speed of the vehicle.
An increasing number of cities restrict traffic with combustion engines in sensitive areas. Geofencing is used to prevent vehicles from entering the zone unless they are able to run in electric mode, without a combustion engine running. Traffic data from the vehicles is used to calculate and predict energy consumption, thus enabling electric drive throughout the zero-emission zone.
The use of Zone Management requires the installation of Volvo Bus Fleet Management.