Saving Fuel: UPS Uses Telematics To Go - And Save - Green


Telematics is the integration of telecommunications and informatics. Popular consumer uses of telematics include location-based search results on smart phones and driver information systems in automobiles. At UPS, we have created a proprietary system of telematics that combines a wealth of information about the behavioral and mechanical variables that affect attributes such as fuel efficiency in the delivery process. This enables us to use our delivery vehicles as "rolling laboratories" in which we collect data, test ideas and hone our performance. In 2011, delivery drivers in telematics-equipped vehicles eliminated more than 98.0 million minutes of idling time.

Telematics Technology

  • The initiative draws a detailed picture of the driver's – and the truck's – day, capturing data on more than 200 vehicle-related elements from speed, RPMs, and oil pressure to seatbelt use, the number of times the truck is placed in reverse, and the amount of time spent idling.
  • Using a 900 MHz radio, the data is uploaded when a driver returns to his or her center at the end of the day, then sent to UPS's massive data center in Mahwah, N.J.

Telematics is 2011

  • Telematics use helped saved more than 653,00 gallons (and avoidance of 6,470 metric tonnes of CO2)
  • Drivers in telematics-equipped vehicles also improved stops per mile compared to 2010. In 2011, our improvement in stops per mile saved the equivalent of 5.3 million miles of driving, which translates to more than 528,00 gallons of fuel and 5,200 metric tonnes of CO2


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