General Motors Fleet announced it is expanding its suite of driver connectivity and fleet management systems by adding Spireon to its telematics provider roster.
Using the embedded OnStar 4G LTE hardware in the vehicles, Spireon will offer a customized version of its FleetLocate tool that will allow fleet operators to manage their Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles, beginning May 2017.
Spireon’s FleetLocate joins a roster that includes a version of Telogis Fleet for GM and GM’s own Commercial Link tool. GM Fleet says each system is turnkey, scalable and can help provide cost savings by eliminating unnecessary hardware costs and limiting vehicle downtime.
“Connectivity is the future for fleets of all sizes because the opportunities to help improve safety and reduce operating costs are so great,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “With OnStar 4G LTE technology and sophisticated software — whether it’s developed by us or by leading third-party providers — we can deliver innovative business solutions that work for any customer.”
More than 50,000 connected fleet vehicles are now serviced by one of GM’s fleet management solutions. In 2014, GM launched OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi service and has more 4G LTE-equipped vehicles on the road than any other automaker.
Collectively, customers have used more than 10 million gigabytes of data since the launch of OnStar 4G LTE, equivalent to sending and receiving nearly 105 billion emails with attachments.
“Our customers want choices and no other automaker has the combination of services, experience and connectivity GM and OnStar offer,” said Greg Ross, OnStar business development and alliances director. “The Spireon collaboration is the latest example of how we’re well-positioned to adapt to our customers’ ever-changing needs with both products and services.”
Spireon’s web-based fleet management systems monitor vehicle and driver performance and give fleet operators insights to help them reduce fuel costs, idle time, labor, fleet mileage and maintenance-related downtime. They can also help provide insights into driver behavior.
“FleetLocate connected by OnStar helps make it fast and easy for fleet managers to gain valuable vehicle and driver insights from their fleets wherever they are, with no installation downtime,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO of Spireon.
OnStar has an online portal that allows developers such as Spireon to work with GM to design, test and deliver relevant, customizable and seamlessly integrated automotive apps and services.