These release notes describe the new features and enhancements for Exact Fuel 3.0, scheduled for release in the U.S. in June 2019.
Exact Fuel 3.0 contains an updated UI to provide a much more responsive and user friendly experience, giving you the information you need in an easy to understand format. The application has four main sections, the fuel events list with search and filter capabilities, the fuel event details pane, the driver and vehicle history section, and the settings section. Each section is discussed in detail below.
Fuel Events List
When you first log in the application loads the Events tab and populates the fuel events list with the most recent event from each vehicle in your fleet for the last two weeks. The fuel events list loads on the left side of the screen. Directly above the fuel events list are options to search, sort, and filter your fuel events based on a variety of different parameters. Each fuel event in the list gives you a quick snapshot of the information pertaining to the event. You can click on any event in the list to get a more detailed view in the Fuel Event Details pane. Below the fuel event list is the option to export the data in the list to a pdf or csv file.
You can now quickly and easily search for fuel events for a specific driver or vehicle. Vehicle ID (VID) is the default search parameter but you can also choose to search by Driver ID or UA. You can also choose to search by a specific date range; otherwise it defaults to search in the last two weeks. Clicking the calendar button directly under the search box gives you several quick selection ranges such as: today, yesterday, this week, last week, this month, last month, this year, or last year. You can also enter a custom date range by selecting two dates on the calendar and then clicking OK to accept. Exact Fuel stores fuel event data for the past six months.
You can filter your fuel event list by any combination of six different filters, including whether it is a fuel event increase or decrease, whether the event has been reviewed or not, and whether the event is associated with a watched driver or vehicle.
You can sort the fuel events in ascending or descending order for several different parameters including Vehicle ID, Driver ID, date of occurrence, and fuel change level. When sorting by fuel level, the events with matching fuel level values will be additionally sorted from newest to oldest.
Each fuel event in the list has a card providing a quick snapshot of the fuel event details, including whether the event is an increase or decrease; the Driver ID, Vehicle ID, and date and time of the event; the size of the event; and whether or not the event has been reviewed. The events are color coded for quick reference so red indicates a decrease, green indicates an increase, and yellow indicates a bad reading. An eye icon next to a driver or vehicle indicates the driver or vehicle is being watched. You can click on any fuel event in the list to open the event in the Fuel Event Details pane for more detailed information and options.
At the bottom of the fuel event list is an export button, allowing you to export the filtered list of fuel events as a pdf or csv file. The export will contain ALL fuel events that meet the search and filter criteria, which may be more than what is displayed in the Fuel Event List since the list only shows the most recent event for each vehicle. In the rare instance where the export is too large, an on-screen notification informs you and asks you to narrow the search or filter criteria to decrease the size of the export.
After filtering and sorting your list of fuel events, click Export, choose PDF or CSV and click Export again.
Fuel Event Details
The Fuel Event Details pane is a more detailed description of the fuel event and also provides you options to mark drivers or vehicles to watch further, view a driver or vehicle’s history of fuel events, and add review comments to the event.
The top panel in the Fuel Event Details pane is a graph showing the event in relation to all other fuel events for the vehicle as well as the mileage for the vehicle, giving you a quick reference as to the validity of the fuel event and whether it is likely a legitimate event or possibly a faulty fuel sensor. The graph shows a seven day snapshot, five days prior to the event, the day of the event, and the day after the event. If the vehicle does not have a seven day event history available, then the graph will show the earliest recorded event on the left and the most recent even on the right then dynamically adjust to fill in and show all other recorded events. You can also adjust the sliders at the top of the graph to focus in on more specific time periods.
Directly under the graph is a panel each for the driver and vehicle involved in the event. If no driver was logged in at the time the event occurred, the driver panel will be blank. From these panels you can view the driver or vehicle history and mark a driver or vehicle for watching. If the driver or vehicle is already marked for watching, an eye icon is next to their name. You can also unwatch a driver or vehicle from these panels.
Below the driver and vehicle panels is the Review section, allowing you to enter and save comments regarding the event, any information you may find during your investigation, or any other information you want to enter regarding the event. Your comment can contain up to 1000 characters and there is a small counter at the bottom right of the comment box letting you know how many characters you have remaining. When you are done entering the comment, click REVIEW to save it. You can also edit any comment by clicking EDIT, making your changes then clicking SAVE.
Finally, at the bottom of the Fuel Events Detail pane is a map showing where the event occurred. This map is minimized by default but you can expand it by clicking anywhere on the panel.
The history page shows all fuel events for the driver or vehicle. The top shows the driver or vehicle ID and date and time of the most recent event. Then all fuel events for that driver or vehicle are shown in chronological order from the most recent to the oldest. The history shows the type of event, including percentage of change; the vehicle’s odometer reading at the time of the event; the location, date, and time of the event; whether the event has been reviewed or not; and any comments that have been entered for the event. The second to last column in the history table shows the driver at the time of the event for vehicle history or the associated vehicle at the time of the event for driver history. An eye icon next to a driver or vehicle ID indicates the driver or vehicle is being watched.
You can watch or unwatch a driver or vehicle from its history page by clicking WATCH or UNWATCH in the upper right of the history pane. Click EXPORT in the upper right to export the history as a PDF or CSV file.
The settings page is mostly unchanged from the previous version of Exact Fuel except for a few small quality of life improvements. The settings page is still used to set the minimum threshold of increase or decrease that needs to occur to be consider a fuel event. Any fuel increase or decrease that does not meet this minimum threshold will not be classified as a fuel event. You can choose any percentage from 5 to 100 percent. In Exact Fuel 3.0 if you do not want to track increases or decreases, you can turn the event off by toggling the on/off switch in the upper right of the event panel. Be sure to click SAVE after making any change to the thresholds, including turning them on or off.
Vehicle and Driver Monitoring
In Exact Fuel 3.0 you can now mark vehicles or drivers to be monitored. This new feature is called watching. Marking a driver or vehicle to watch will show an eye icon () next to the vehicle or driver ID anytime it shows up in a fuel event. This allows you to quickly identify potential issues such as faulty fuel sensors on a vehicle or drivers who continually have fuel event decreases. The ability to mark a driver or vehicle is available from the Fuel Event Details pane and the driver and vehicle history panes. Simply click WATCH to mark a driver or vehicle or click UNWATCH to stop monitoring.
New Event Type: Bad Event
A new type of fuel event has been added with Exact Fuel 3.0. Along with fuel event increases and decreases, Exact Fuel now also recognizes a third fuel event type called a bad event. Bad events occur when no fuel data is returned from the fuel sensor. Bad events will show in the fuel event list and in the vehicle and driver histories but will not be plotted in the fuel event details graphs. Also, a bad event will only be recorded and shown once every 24 hours for a vehicle.
The following fixes and minor enhancements were included in the Exact Fuel 3.0 release.
- A lot of systems were redesigned behind the scenes to improve the overall speed and performance of the application, especially for larger fleets.
- Exact Fuel is now supported on the following browsers: Internet Explorer 10 and 11, Firefox, Chrome, and Edge. Support has been dropped for Internet Explorer 8 and 9. No other internet browsers are tested or supported.