Fleet Telematics & GPS

The fleet telematics & GPS channel covers all aspects of GPS as it relates to the rental industry including traditional functions, starter interrupt and diagnostic analysis. It also covers using GPS rental a customer service function and additional source of revenue.


Enterprise Launches Telematics Product for Truck Rental Customers

Enterprise Truck Rental is now offering Enterprise Telematics. Powered by Geotab, the telematics solution provides real-time tracking data for monitoring vehicle and driver performance.

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Verizon Telematics Expands Offerings

Verizon Telematics has become the largest provider of built-in telematics and mobile applications for commercial vehicles and has moved closer to rebranding its product offerings for its customers, CEO Andrés Irlando told an audience gathered at the annual Latitude conference.

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What’s Your Future Fleet Strategy?

While large scale deployment of autonomous vehicles won’t happen anytime soon, it’s important for fleets to formulate their game plans now.

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Data From Vehicle Tracking Devices Leaked

Kromtech Security Center discovered a cache of about 540,000 exposed records from vehicle tracking devices. The discovered records contained user information such as email addresses, passwords, license plate numbers, and VINs.

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Do You Know Where Your Cars Are?

Operators discuss how they've configured their GPS tracking systems and honed their processes to mitigate rental car misuse while better managing fleet.

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Will Cybersecurity Concerns Limit OBDII Access?

NHTSA's recently published guidance on cybersecurity has potentially broad implications, including limiting third-party access to OBDII ports, which are used in many fleet applications.

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Toyota's Carsharing Partnership Could Fit Fleets

Toyota has formed a partnership with carsharing provider Getaround that could eventually find a place in commercial or government fleets that manage a portion of their vehicles as an in-house rental fleet.

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How To Use GPS Beyond Theft Prevention

Car rental operators are using GPS systems — beyond theft prevention — to improve customer service, lower costs and increase revenues.

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MetroGistics Partners with Transport, Logistics Groups

MetroGistics, a provider of vehicle transportation solutions, has partnered with Precision Motor Transport Group (PMTG) and McNutt Automotive Logistics (McNutt).

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San Francisco Considers Car Sharing to Replace Fleet Vehicles

San Francisco could replace its underutilized fleet vehicles with car sharing services under a new proposal to the city.

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BMW’s DriveNow Car Sharing Fleet Partners with MyCityWay

In San Francisco, 70 DriveNow ActiveE vehicles will feature MyCityWay, a mobile technology company, to help users navigate through major cities.

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Thrifty Car Rental South Africa Installs Vehicle Tracking on Fleet

Novatel Wireless will supply its MT 2500 tracking device for Thrifty Car Rental vehicles in South Africa to capture driver behavior and protect against theft or loss.

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GPS Helps to Recover Stolen Vehicle in Colorado

The suspect was arrested after allegedly taking a set of keys from Zippy Rent-A-Car in Colorado Springs.

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car2go Launches in Berlin with 2,000 Pre-registrations

The launch of car2go in Berlin is accompanied by the release of the first official car2go mobile app for Apple smartphones and the introduction of an 'Eco Score' feature for all car2go vehicles worldwide.

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Singapore Car Rental Operator Uses GPS to Find Missing Vehicle

The company was advised by police to get a lawyer after a customer who had rented the vehicle denied claims of selling the vehicle illegally.

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Hertz Unveils New Mobile Apps for Travelling

‘My Explore’ city apps will only be available on the iPhone and in the iTunes store, and complements the Hertz NeverLost navigation system.

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GPS Helps to Catch Two Shoplifters in Rental Vehicle

The two men were found with the hood of the car open in an attempt to figure out why the vehicle had shut down.

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Avis UK Deploys Mobile Workforce Management Solution

Magenta Technology is a provider of real-time software scheduling solutions and has rolled out its dispatch and tracking system for drivers on delivery and collection assignments across Avis UK operations.

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Police Investigate Fatal Rental Car Accident in Philadelphia

Authorities say the driver, who was under the influence, may also have been distracted by his GPS display at the time of the accident, and that they will be checking cameras in the area to investigate.

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Travelers in Australia Say GPS Led Them Into Bay

In trying to drive to North Stradbroke Island in Australia, three Japanese tourists said their rental car’s GPS routed them into the bay, where the car got stuck and eventually covered in about two meters of water.

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