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April 16, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2019-MY

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Offers Wi-Fi, Connected Services on Older Vehicles

Photo of dealer technician installing FordPass SmartLink OBD-II device courtesy of Ford.

Ford is enabling owners of 2010 to 2017 model-year vehicles to add a Wi-Fi hotspot and telematics features through FordPass SmartLink, an OBD-II dongle available from dealers.

Tags: Wi-Fi, Ford, 2017-MY, 4G LTE, OBD-II Device

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Ram to Offer Verizon Connect-Powered Factory Telematics

Photo courtesy of FCA.

Ram Commercial will offer a comprehensive telematics package from Verizon Connect on select Ram commercial vehicles as part of a partnership with the connected vehicle provider announced at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Ram Truck, Verizon, Verizon Connect

March 7, 2018 - Industry News

Verizon Connect Launches Field Service Product

Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect.

Mobile workforce solutions provider Verizon Connect announced the launch of Workforce, a new feature set designed specifically for the needs of fleet managers and fleet-based business owners. Workforce will make its industry debut at the Work Truck Show, which is being held this week in Indianapolis.

Tags: Telematics, Work Truck Show, Routing, Service Fleets, Verizon, Verizon Connect, Mobile Worker

March 5, 2018 - Industry News

Verizon Connect Combines Three Mobile Workforce Solutions

Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect.

Verizon Connect has launched as the integrated business entity that's the product of $5 billion in investments, including acquisitions of several connected vehicle providers, Verizon has announced.

Tags: Telematics, Branding, Verizon, Verizon Connect

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

5-Year Exemption Would 'Gut’ ELD Rule, Truck Safety Groups Say

The Trucking Alliance, which consists of motor carrier members, contends that granting a 5-year exemption to smaller carriers would 'gut' the ELD rule. Photo: Knight Transportation

Is there such a thing as too big an exemption to the electronic logging rule? That’s the gist of joint comments submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by a safety advocacy group composed of motor carriers and a highway-safety lobby.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, The Trucking Alliance, ELD Mandate

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Improves Waze App Vehicle Integration

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will now feature improved integration of the Waze navigation app, including any 2018 model year Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 version 3.0 or greater.

Tags: Ford SYNC, Navigation Solutions, Infotainment Systems, Mobile Apps

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Third-Gen Sprinter Van to Focus on Mobility, Connectivity

One of four dashboards offered on the 2018 Sprinter. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will add a gasoline engine, optional factory telematics offering, and more than 1,000 configurations to provide a "holistic mobility solution" when it debuts in February, the head of the company's van division told journalists in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Full-Size Vans, 2018-MY

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Enterprise Launches Telematics Product for Truck Rental Customers

Photo: Enterprise Truck Rental.

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.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Enterprise Holdings, ELD Mandate, ELDs

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Derek Barrs, Florida’s chief of commercial vehicle enforcement, asked for a show of hands among the state enforcement people in the room if they were ready for the ELD mandate. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

Tags: SMS, Enforcement, ELDs, FMCSA, CSA, ELD Mandate, Citations

November 8, 2017 - Industry News

More Than Half of Small Fleets Not ELD Compliant

Graphs courtesy CarrierLists

With less than six weeks until the Dec. 18 deadline for fleets to install mandatory electronic logging devices, it looks like there will still be a lot of smaller fleets who will be at risk for citations and fines – or who will give up on the industry altogether.

Tags: Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

October 30, 2017 - Industry News

Verizon Telematics Expands Offerings

Andrés Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, speaks at the 2017 Latitude conference. Photo courtesy of Verizon.

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.

Tags: Telematics, Telogis, Fleetmatics, Verizon, Mergers & Acquisitions, Fleet Events

October 24, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Introduces Workforce Management Solution

Telogis, a Verizon company, has introduced a workforce management solution called Telogis Workforce that's designed to improve the workflow of mobile workers, the company announced at its annual Latitude conference in Dana Point, Calif.

Tags: Telematics, Software, Telogis, Route Optimization, Workforce Management, Verizon

October 24, 2017 - Industry News

Telogis Offers Telematics Through Ford SYNC

Photo of 2018 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Commercial and fleet customers who purchase a Ford vehicle with SYNC Connect will be able to access Telogis telematics services through the vehicle, the telematics vendor announced at its Latitude conference.

Tags: Ford, Telematics, Ford F-150, Telogis, 2019-MY, 2020-MY

October 20, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, UPS, ELD Mandate, ELDs

October 10, 2017 - Industry News

FMSCA to Exempt Short-Term Truck Rentals from ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to announce on Oct. 11 that it will grant an exemption from being required to use an electronic logging device to “all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason.”

Tags: TRALA, ELD, ELD Mandate

October 4, 2017 - Product News

MetTel Offers Connected Workforce Management Product

Photo courtesy of MetTel.

New York City-based MetTel will offer a mobile workforce solution called Fleet Management Solutions to help companies and municipal governments connect their workforce and vehicle fleet assets to the internet.

Tags: Internet of Things, Workforce Management, Connected Vehicles

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Data From Vehicle Tracking Devices Leaked

Kromtech Security Center also discovered 339 log files containing maintenance records, pictures, and more through improperly configured Amazon S3 cloud storage. Photo: Pixabay

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.

Tags: Telematics, gps, Security, Tracking, Data Security

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

T-Mobile to Offer Geotab-Sourced Telematics Product

Photo courtesy of T-Mobile.

T-Mobile will offer a cloud-based fleet management telematics system called SyncUP FLEET this fall under a partnership with Geotab, the wireless provider announced.

Tags: Geotab, T-Mobile, Cloud-Based Technology, OBD-II Device, Telematics

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Nearly Halts Commercial Fleet Activity in Houston

Photo of a flooded Houston on Aug. 27 Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard.

Heavy flooding from what is now Tropical Storm Harvey has disrupted commercial fleets in the Houston area, as corporations and fleet management companies have begun reaching out to their employees and fleet drivers to ensure their safety and assess damage to fleet vehicles.

Tags: Telematics, Geotab, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes, Natural disaster, American Red Cross, Element Fleet Management

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Invests in Distracted Driving Tech for Fleets

Screenshot via Nauto.

Toyota has invested in Nauto, a Palo Alto-based company that has developed a distracted driving system for commercial fleets that monitors drivers and the road environment to increase safe driving.

Tags: Toyota, Distracted Driving, Video Event Recorders, In-Car Video, Nauto

June 29, 2017 - Product News

GM, MapAnything Partner to Increase Fleet Productivity

Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors will offer a connectivity service powered by MapAnything, Inc. that combines telematics fleet management and customer relationship management to fleets in a subscription service, GM has announced.

Tags: OnStar, Productivity, Customer Service, General Motors, Sales Fleets

April 26, 2017 - Product News

Telogis Spotlight Delivers Metrics to Workforce Managers

Courtesy of Telogis.

Launching in May, Telogis Spotlight will be a free for fleet managers, supervisors, and company executives.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Telogis, Mobile Apps, Telematics

March 30, 2017 - Industry News

How Telematics Data Overload Multiplies in Fleets With Several OEMs

Graph courtesy of WEX.

Fleet managers will find it exponentially more difficult to interpret and utilize telematics data the more variety of vehicle brands they add to their fleet, according to new data and analysis from WEX Inc.

Tags: Telematics, Data Overload, WEX

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