New GPS tracking system for cars, trucks

Jan. 9, 2006
Canadian firm Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) is now marketing its new DriveSync GPS vehicle tracking system to both the consumer and commercial fleet markets

Canadian firm Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) is now marketing its new DriveSync GPS vehicle tracking system to both the consumer and commercial fleet markets.

The company said DriveSync can track when, where, how far, how fast and how aggressively a vehicle is being driven via GPS satellite. The system records the data on an in-vehicle receiver and USB data key. Because the information is tracked off-line, DriveSync eliminates the high monthly service fees associated with other GPS vehicle tracking systems, IMS said.

Results are viewed by detaching the data key from the receiver unit and inserting it into a computer USB port, said IMS. The results are uploaded to a DriveSync server where the data is converted into customized reports. These reports, including trip logs, route maps and usage alerts, are viewed via a secure, password-protected website, the company noted.

John Reynolds, vp-business development for IMS, added that DriveSync can allow fleet owners to identify and correct unsafe driving practices. The accurate tracking of routes, mileage and speed enables fleet owners to anticipate and effectively manage vehicle insurance, fuel and maintenance costs, with the same data also used for forecasting and budgeting purposes, he said.

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