PacTrac telematics system receives upgrade

PacLease announces the launch of its next generation of PacTrac fleet management telematics system. The new version offers fleets improved communication with drivers and more real-time diagnostic data from vehicles.

To keep fleets connected with their drivers and vehicles, the telematics system features universal coverage thanks to a reliable network of more than 100 wireless carriers across the United States and Canada.

The latest generation of PacTrac provides increased messaging, an onboard event recorder, and for the first time, fault code reporting from the vehicle’s engine control module for rental customers. For leasing customers, the new system features an enhanced onboard event recorder for accident reconstruction, as well as unlimited messaging plans and the ability to schedule data downloads from the PacTrac onboard computer as frequently as every 30 minutes.

The 2012 National Private Truck Council benchmarking survey reported 79% of respondents use on-board technology for fleet management. Just seven years ago, only 50% of respondents in the same survey reported using telematics.

PacTrac offers four different bundles—one for rental customers and three for leasing customers. The three bundles for leasing customers include the Lite, Performance, and Performance and Safety packages. All four packages feature an onboard computer that tracks various data points from the vehicle’s ECM. Data is displayed on a web-based fleet management portal. More frequent data downloads allow fleet managers to keep closer tabs on company equipment, cargo and driver performance.

PacTrac’s online web-hosted fleet management tool allows fleet managers and service managers at PacLease franchises to develop customized reports that can alert them when potential issues may arise while the vehicles are on the road. The managers can assign various degrees of urgency to those potential issues, so drivers can be told if something needs to be addressed immediately, or if the issue can be addressed during the vehicle’s next scheduled maintenance visit.

Additional services can be added to the Lite, Performance, and Performance and Safety packages of PacTrac, including tire pressure monitoring, speed monitoring and in-cab navigation. Customers who use PacTax, PacLease’s fuel tax reporting and vehicle licensing service, can have vehicle data imported from the PacTrac system to help automate reporting and administration of fuel taxes.
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