Isuzu announces telematics on N-Series

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America, Inc. announced that it will offer Fleet Director, the telematics system from Teletrac, Inc., as an option in its 2011 and 2012 model year N-Series trucks.

Fleet Director is a fully integrated, web-based solution that allows fleet managers and dispatchers to track vehicle usage in real time by sending detailed vehicle and driver performance reports that is accessible from any Internet-connected personal computer.

The system — backed by a three-year/unlimited-mileage limited warranty — will be offered for 2011 and 2012 NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models beginning in May 2011. It will be available as either a port- or dealer-installed option.

Availability for 2011 and 2012 NPR ECO-MAX and 2012 N-Gas models will be announced at a later date.

“Low cost of operation has always been Isuzu’s strongest suit,” says Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. “Teletrac’s Fleet Director telematics system will make Isuzu trucks an even smarter, more economical choice for fleet owners and operators.”

Fleet managers can view analytics — for their entire fleet of Fleet Director-equipped trucks, for any group of trucks the user selects, or even for a single vehicle and driver —  on customizable “dashboard-style” screen views that allows the user to summarize monitoring of various areas on a single screen. Critical performance indicators include speeding miles, harsh braking and acceleration, poor cornering, and catastrophic events. In addition, Fleet Director’s history playback feature provides fleet managers with an on-screen display of every equipped vehicle’s activities and route, so that driver productivity and efficiency can be assessed quickly.

The system also generates up to 18 management reports that document vehicle location, operational status, mileage, speed, idle time and more.

As a result, Teletrac says its customers have reported that Fleet Director has helped their fleets achieve:

  • Fuel savings of up to 30 percent
  • Labor savings averaging 30 minutes per day
  • Overtime reductions of 15 percent on average
  • Productivity increases of an average 12 percent
  • Substantial reductions in unauthorized vehicle use
  • Fewer traffic violations
  • Improved safety

An optional on-board navigation system, available later in the 2012 model year, will employ advanced satellite mapping technology, 2D and 3D conventional road maps and live traffic information in real time

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