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NexTraq Launches ClearPath Efficient Routing Functionality to Conserve Fuel and Time

January 24, 2012 - Press Release

ATLANTA – NexTraq, the value leader of GPS vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, announces expanded routing functionality within the NexTraq Fleet Tracking platform. With the new ClearPath routing functionality, dispatchers and drivers save time and money by finding the quickest route for a vehicle’s workday.

ClearPath routing is an easy-to-use feature that takes all of the locations and stops in a vehicle’s route and orders them to create the shortest route. With the click of one button, a dispatcher or fleet manager can create routes based on the distance of the route.

Additionally, dispatchers can send the efficient routes to the driver’s in-vehicle Garmin® device through NexTraq’s Fleet Dispatch application, saving significant time for both the dispatcher and the driver. This new functionality means completing more jobs in one day, ultimately increasing service revenue and driver productivity while decreasing fuel costs.

Mike Scarbrough, CEO of NexTraq, said, “As a customer-centric organization, NexTraq’s research and development team continually works to find a way to make our customers’ jobs easier. The new ClearPath efficient routing functionality is a direct result of a market need that had not been addressed. With the predicted rising gas prices in the spring and summer, our clients can effectively reduce excessive fleet fuel expenses with routing technology.”

By automating a time-consuming manual process, dispatchers, fleet managers and administrators as well as business owners can focus on other aspects of their fleet operations without worrying about whether their drivers are taking the shortest and most direct route to a location. To find about more about ClearPath routing functionality, please visit:

For more information on the NexTraq Fleet Tracking platform, its applications – Fleet Mobile, Fleet Metrics and Fleet Dispatch - please visit or call at 800.358.6178.

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  1. 1. Colin Horvath [ January 29, 2012 @ 09:07PM ]

    As a former data collector for Navteq I drove many miles in cities all over the country as well as Canada recording speeds of traffic at various times of day on different highways, secondary roads and center cities. Many other measurements were also noted. With the GPS being able to figure out the shortest distance between all stops in a multi stop route does not mean it will be the least expensive in fuel or the shortest in time. When I was a courier I can tell you that a driver’s intuitiveness from his experience on that route will almost always be better at planning and getting the route accomplished in the combination of good time and least practical distance. There are drivers that will never be intuitive enough to really see the big picture and need the help of a route planning computer. Since every stop has a lot of variables that become reduced by a driver paying attention and knowing how to minimize time. Things like knowing what door to come in and who signs etc. Continued...1 of 3

  2. 2. Colin Horvath [ January 29, 2012 @ 09:11PM ]

    Each stop has variables, times the number of stops, makes it an infinite number of items that can change the time it takes to make all stops. By monitoring (Nex Traq) every move the driver makes he/she will become so distracted by keeping in line with the computer intuitiveness will go out the window. Many of the measurements now being monitored can appraise the driver’s real skill. It's mostly about change or rate of change. Acceleration, deceleration, cornering and paying attention to warm up strategy can significantly reduce wear on a vehicle. The company has to have a routine maintenance program not from the factory but based on a good mechanical knowledge of how the vehicle is used. Continued...2 of 3

  3. 3. Colin Horvath [ January 29, 2012 @ 09:13PM ]

    The GPS measures the amount of time a driver is driving and when they are stopped. This can be compared to the number of stops, packages handled and to other drivers. What better gauge of performance is that? The intuitive driver will be able to assess the situation and change plans in an instant if they realize some situation will cause delay. Then they can alter their route to optimize their production. For a driver who gets paid on an incentive Nex Traq would slow him down and burden them with unnecessary busy work without saving anything. I can only see Nex Traq being used to familiarize a driver with a route or for a substitute driver to use. Nex Traq is more information than you need. End...3 of 3


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