GEOTAB launches its latest fleet management software, while automotive app user numbers are set to soar

GEOTAB launches its latest fleet management software, while automotive app user numbers are set to soar

GEOTAB launched its latest fleet management software edition, MyGeotab 5.5.

Managers can now obtain driver and vehicle information from any location by visiting, Geotab’s secure Web-hosted solution, where they can view custom dashboard reports upon logging in. The software offers fully customizable Excel reporting features that can be displayed on users’ dashboards. The reports include monthly ROI tracking, green driver and safety score carding, and business versus personal miles. Additionally, the reports can be emailed to selected groups and contacts on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

“GEOTAB’s robust and innovative MyGeotab 5.5 fleet management software system provides fleet managers and decision makers with full asset tracking and management capabilities from anywhere in the world,” says Neil Cawse, Geotab’s CEO. It’s been a busy September for Cawse’s company. Two weeks ago, GEOTAB celebrated the opening of a new corporate headquarters in Oakville, Ontario. Last week, the company announced the GO4v3, a telematics device that supports global satellite data coverage with a QUAKE satellite modem. And just a few days ago, GEOTAB was named one of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in Canada in the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50,” Canada’s preeminent technology awards program.

Trimble to rebrand

Following its acquisition of Punch Telematix, Trimble announced plans to rebrand the company as Trimble Transport and Logistics, effective October 1. The newly branded company, which has built an extensive customer base across continental Europe, will continue to develop and invest in its market-leading CarCube and complementary back-office solutions. The company plans to launch several innovative new features in the coming month. “The combination of [Trimble’s and Punch Telematix’s] portfolios presents an unrivalled offering to businesses across Europe with a fleet of any size and mix of vehicles,” says Andrew Yeoman, managing director of Trimble MRM in Europe.

TomTom and Lysanda partner on ecoPLUS

TomTom unveiled ecoPLUS, a device that allows fleet managers to view valuable data on fuel efficiency, CO2 emissions, RPM, and driver behavior. The device syncs with TomTom’s WEBFLEET system to provide businesses with a cost-effective and scalable way to measure and reduce their fuel costs and carbon footprint. ecoPLUS can be installed within minutes on all types of vehicles. TomTom partnered with Lysanda, specialists in advanced technology for vehicle fuel savings, to provide the software. Lysanda reports that companies save an average of 15 to 20 percent after implementing its in-vehicle driver aid and management reporting tools.

NAVTEQ into the Caribbean

NAVTEQ announced the availability of Intermediate Map sets for Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Panama. The maps cover approximately 320,000 kilometers of roads and 67,000 Points of Interest and are based on third-party sourced data deemed by NAVTEQ to be the highest quality available. As these countries continue to attract tourists from around the world, NAVTEQ believes Intermediate Map sets are an important tool for local customers who need a faster time-to-market. The sets allow for basic route calculation and location analysis and enable solution providers to meet the growing demand for trip planning and routing applications.

Car apps bonanza

The global number of automotive app users will grow from just under 1.4 million in 2010 to more than 28 million in 2015, according to new research published by ABI Research. The need to monitor, control, and manage the charging of batteries in electric vehicles is expected to become a strong driver for the uptake of smartphone apps in the coming years. GM’s smartphone app for the Chevrolet Volt is one example already on the market. Solutions based on a connection with the OBD-II vehicle port will also drive adoption upward, ABI forecasts. Companies like Garmin, Devtoaster, Palmer Performance Engineering, Motolingo, and Viper have already released solutions in which GPS data are combined with vehicle speed, RPM, fuel consumption, engine coolant temperature, and fuel pressure to simulate dashboards or monitor vehicle performance.

GreenRoad 360+

Securitas Mobile announced plans to deploy GreenRoad 360+ across its fleet of Peugeot 207 cars. GreenRoad 360+, produced by GreenRoad, is a single online platform that enables companies to better manage fleet assets, reduce accidents, and gain greater fuel efficiency. Marsh, the world’s leading insurance broker and risk adviser, has teamed with GreenRoad to offer GreenRoad’s services to its brokerage clients in the UK and North America. Marsh introduced GreenRoad to Securitas to reduce its accident claims rate and reduce insurance premiums. GreenRoad clients typically reduce crash costs by an average of 50 percent and fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

QNX gets chumby

QNX Software Systems and chumby industries announced that the QNX CART Application Platform now supports chumby’s rich media Internet content. As a result, automakers and automotive tier one suppliers can build multimedia head units and other in-car infotainment products that provide access to more than 1,500 chumby applications for news, music, sports, social media, weather, and other services. The QNX CAR Application Platform is designed to help automakers and tier one suppliers reduce the cost and effort of building in-car infotainment systems. It allows customers to evaluate a rich set of QNX technologies as well as pre-integrated third-party technologies from
vendors such as chumby.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

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