By upgrading its mapping software to Google Maps API Premier, Navman Wireless has been able to add live traffic and 360 deg. photographic street views to its Online AVL2 real-time fleet tracking and management system.
The upgrade provides fleets with more accurate information for route optimization and also the ability to assist drivers once they reach their destinations. Google Maps is also the mapping platform used to display real-time GPS-based vehicle location information.
“Live traffic and street views are important tools for operations personnel who have responsibility for getting vehicles to their destinations as quickly as possible,” said Renaat Ver Eecke, vp- Navman Wireless North America. “Upgrading to Google Maps allows us to provide these features along with fast, accurate maps that help us deliver the real-time vehicle tracking information at the heart of our application.”
Online AVL2 now includes Google Map Live traffic layer which enables dispatchers to make vehicle assignments based on real-time traffic conditions as well as rerouting vehicles as needed to avoid congestion. Google Street View offers the opportunity to zoom, rotate and pan through ground-level street photos to help drivers navigate locations such as parking lots, delivery docks and building doors.
“Navman Wireless’ implementation of the Google Maps API Premier will help fleet operators make intelligent routing decisions and correctly navigate drivers to the correct address based on core map data as well as traffic conditions,” said Daniel Chu, product manager, Google Maps API Premier, Google Enterprise. “This is a classic example of the value of the Maps platform in helping businesses meet their mapping needs.”
This upgrade is the second major enhancement in recent months. In January, Navman announced an interactive drilldown report allowing users access to key performance metrics at any level - including region, subregion, and even month, week and day for individual vehicles - without having to run multiple reports.
The Version 9.3 release also included two dozen other upgrades, including reporting improvements, new map usability features, and support for 10,000 customer sites per fleet.