After a six-month DriveCam pilot in two of its market areas, WM says it saw clear benefits that will help the company reduce its “risk-related costs.” For competitive reasons, WM would not enumerate the benefits realized or give more details about what costs it was referring to.
DriveCam, however, says its program — which combines real-time, in-cab feedback with online reporting and coaching — can improve fuel efficiency by up to 12 percent and lower emissions.
According to Automotive Fleet, WM has the 58th largest commercial fleet in the country, with 3,475 class 1-2 trucks, 1,680 class 3-6 trucks, 57 vans and 97 SUVs. The majority of the fleet is heavy-duty trucks, which Automotive Fleet doesn’t count.
DriveCam says that unlike other vehicle-centric fuel management programs, its system focuses on three driving behaviors that have the greatest impact on fuel efficiency: efficient or smooth driving, idling and speeding. In-cab video captures driving behavior, which is objectively reviewed and scored, then passed on to the fleet for use in coaching drivers. Fleets manage the DriveCam Program through DriveCam Online, a web-based portal.
The company says it has installed its program in more than 500 commercial fleets and passenger vehicles since 1998.
In May 2011, solid waste management company Veolia Environmental Services signed a three-year contract to deploy DriveCam’s program across its entire fleet.
WM serves more than 20 million residential, industrial, municipal and commercial customers, and posted $12.52 billion of revenues in 2010, according to the company. It boats a fleet of nearly 1,700 compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles.
In May, it announced plans to add 35 CNG vehicles to its Houston fleet by the end of 2012, and said it would open its CNG fueling station in Conroe, Texas to consumers. In August, WM launched a local fleet of 25 compressed natural gas trucks — the first of its kind in Kentucky — and unveiled Louisville’s first public-access, 24-hour CNG fueling station.
Also last month, the firm entered into a joint development agreement with Renmatix to explore the feasibility of using Renmatix’s Plantrose process to convert post-consumer waste into sugars for manufacturing biobased materials. Under the agreement, Renmatix will explore multiple waste streams collected and processed by Waste Management and its service subsidiaries, including source-separated recyclables, food scraps, construction and demolition debris, and pulp and paper waste.
Correction: DriveCam alerted EL that the Automotive Fleet figures don’t include the majority of the WM fleet, and that DriveCam will be installed in about 18,000 vehicles in all.