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.

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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


ARINC Launches New Flight Information System for Vehicles

ARINC Managed Services launched microFIDS mobile, which gives fleet operators the ability to provide travelers with up-to-date flight information through vehicle-based displays.


Supreme Court Says Police Must Have Warrant to Plant GPS Devices

The Supreme Court’s ruling could impact a case in Ohio involving a rental car, in which the judge said the defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy because the GPS device planted by police was on a rented vehicle.


Hertz Acquires Remaining Stake in Navigation Solutions

Formed in 1998, Navigation Solutions was created to oversee the expansion and operation of NeverLost in Hertz rental cars throughout the U.S. and Canada.


OnStar Opens API to Selected Developers

Peer-to-peer car-sharing company RelayRides will be the first 2012 business partner by creating its own mobile app on the OnStar application program interface (API).


Thieves in London Target Vehicles with Keyless-Entry Systems

One BVRLA rental member reported that a customer made an electronic copy of the key and fitted a tracking device to the car so it could be located later, entered using the duplicate key and then stolen.


JustShareIt Enters Peer-To-Peer Vehicle Sharing, Launches ‘Ridelink’

The new car-sharing company JustShareIt said that it gives consumers ‘the safest option for peer-to-peer vehicle sharing.’


Avis in India Doubles Its Bookings in 2011

According the The Globe and Mail, the car rental company saw about 10,000 bookings in 2011.


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