App-based ride company Uber will start delivering on its promise of expanding its business into logistics on Tuesday when it launches a trial courier service, Uber Rush, in Manhattan.
"Better, faster, cheaper," is how Uber's (San Francisco, CA, USA) general manager in New York, Josh Mohrer, described the service in a tweet to Reuters. Customers will be able to watch the progress of their packages in its transportation application, much as they can track the progress of the cars they order up on the service.
Carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen has said it will launch a new fleet-management service this month in partnership with French operator Orange Business Services.
The service is to cover the manufacturer’s entire vehicle line-up and is designed to help fleet owners “reduce vehicle total cost of ownership”, said the companies in a statement.
Fleet-management player AssetWorks has signed up Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) as its latest customer.
The governing authority for Lafayette Parish in Lafayette, Lousiana, LCG is to use AssetWorks’ FleetFocus management software solution to manage all aspects of its fleet, said AssetWorks in a statement.
LCG maintains a fleet of about 1,500 vehicles and its equipment includes light- and heavy-duty vehicles, buses, fire trucks, armored vehicles, recreational vehicles and various motorized and non-motorized equipment.
Navigation technology player TomTom has changed the name of its Business Solutions unit to TomTom Telematics.
The name change has been made to reflect the strong position the company enjoys in the telematics market thanks to its WEBFLEET product, a software-as-a-service platform designed to help fleet businesses improve vehicle performance, save fuel, support drivers and increase efficiency.
In a statement, TomTom (Amsterdam, Netherlands) said WEBFLEET would henceforth be positioned as its leading product brand for the fleet-management market.
Swedish telecoms incumbent TeliaSonera says it will support M2M connectivity in vans operated by mail-delivery company PostNord, with the aim of developing new fleet-management services based on the experience.
The pilot wills see TeliaSonera (Stockholm, Sweden) install its M2M technology in 20 mail-delivery vans in Stockholm, allowing PostNord (Stockholm, Sweden) to benefit from a range of fleet-management services.
Nearly 50 million “non-trucking” commercial fleet vehicles will be equipped with telematics technology by the end of 2019, according to the latest study from ABI Research.
The market-research company says that telematics services were first adopted by the long-haul trucking industry in the US more than 20 years ago, but that adoption of these services in the non-trucking sector will equal that in the trucking industry in terms of numbers of connected vehicles by the end of this year – and dominate the commercial fleet telematics industry by the end of 2019.
Rand McNally says it has enhanced its fleet-management service through a deal with Drivewyze that will help commercial truck drivers to bypass weigh stations.
The Drivewyze (Edmonton, Canada) PreClear service allows drivers to clear weigh station requirements before reaching the location, and Rand McNally (Skokie, IL, USA) is to make that service available on its suite of mobile fleet-management devices.
The technology works by communicating safety-related data in real-time as a truck approaches a weigh station.
Sprint and Spireon have built on their recently established fleet-management alliance through an agreement with CU Solutions Group (CUSG), which serves the credit union industry.
CUSG (Livonia, MI, USA) is to add Spireon’s (Irvine, CA, USA) LoanPlus collateral management system (CMS) to its array of services for credit unions that want to provide automotive loans to their members while reducing their risks.
MVNO Raco Wireless says it has completed the integration of its Position Logic platform with satellite-cellular devices from SkyWave Mobile Communications.
Thanks to those efforts, says the company, means there is now a fully integrated software and hardware solution supporting communications for customers in the fleet-management industry.
The deployment of smart-city technologies and intelligent transportation services (ITS) is set to become a key policy area for local governments, according to a new study from ABI Research.
Penetration of ITS technologies in smart cities will range from 20% (in the case of autonomous vehicles) to 98% (traffic management) by 2025, according to the market-research company.
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