ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN

This article describes DaimlerChrysler's new FleetBoard telematics package, which is due to appear on the UK market before the end of 2000. It combines all the functionality of traditional fleet management, tracking, diagnostics, routeing, and scheduling system, using GPS and GSM technologies, but it is entirely based on the World Wide Web. This means that road users do not have to buy expensive office-based hardware and software to access and analyse data. Instead, all the data acquired are transmitted automatically to DaimlerChrysler, which then places the data, and any management reports based on it, on a Web site which users can access via the Internet anywhere in the world. This system is more convenient for road users, and also means that they have to pay only service charges, as soon as their vehicles have been fitted with the necessary equipment. FleetBoard has already had trials in Germany, and has been on the market there since January 2000; about 1500 vehicles have already been fitted with it. It is now being introduced all over Europe. Daimler-Benz expects that, in the next three years, a third of its sales will be of vehicles fitted with such telematic systems; this figure could rise to 70-80% in 5-6 years, and the system could be standard in the long run. It can be applied to any vehicle model.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • MECZES, R
  • Publication Date: 2000-6

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 13
  • Serial:
    • COMMERCIAL MOTOR
    • Volume: 191
    • Issue Number: 4878
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00798014
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 8 2000 12:00AM