SPOT unveils world’s first satellite-based roadside GPS safety service

SPOT unveils world’s first satellite-based roadside GPS safety service

SPOT Assist offers the world's only roadside assistance that operates solely on satellite technology for virtually seamless coverage independent of cellular networks.

SPOT Assist's roadside service will offer 24/7 assistance in the US and Canada in spring 2009 and in other countries later this year.

By activating SPOT Assist with the ‘help' button on the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, users can instantly alert a national roadside response centre of their GPS location.

Backed by a leading provider of national roadside assistance, SPOT Assist services include roadside towing, auto-accident assistance, fuel services, tire repair, battery service, lost key and lockout.

Now with SPOT Assist roadside service, SPOT customers can benefit from a complete GPS safety system that includes four functions that transmit messages based on varying levels of need:

  • ‘Help' notifies the SPOT Assist roadside response centre or others of your GPS location
  • ‘Check In' lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
  • ‘Track Progress' sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google MapsTM
  • ‘Alert 9-1-1' notifies an emergency rescue co-ordination centre of your GPS location

Since its introduction in December 2007, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger has helped initiate close to 100 rescues and has transmitted more than five million ‘peace-of-mind' and ‘track me' messages worldwide.

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