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Element Introduces Connected Data Service

August 14, 2017

Element Fleet Management has introduced a vehicle data service known as Connected Data that delivers feeds such as odometer reporting, vehicle diagnostics and driver behavior data such as speeding and harsh braking, the fleet management company announced.

The service integrates vehicle data provided by OnStar for General Motors vehicles with active OnStar accounts or from an aftermarket device for non-GM vehicles.

The Connected Data product offers several important differences between Element's Telematics product, such as a la carte data packages, no third-party platform that requires a seperate login, more actionable intelligence, and the embedded hardware solution.

With Connected Data, fleet managers can view this data in Element's Xcelerate IT platform; obtain customized reports; or receive it from the company's strategic fleet consultants.

Element's Connected Data solutions are available in three packages:

  • Odometer: Improves mileage reporting compliance, helps ensure timely preventative maintenance, and increases visibility into vehicle utilization for optimal replacement decisions.
  • Fleet: Adds to the value of the Odometer package with integrated location and diagnostics to reduce maintenance costs and maximize overall utilization.
  • Safety: Incorporates data from the Fleet package by adding information on driving patterns such as hard braking, fast acceleration and speeding that can be used to identify high-risk drivers, coach drivers on unsafe behaviors, and help improve safety and reduce accident expense.

Businesses can use the data for a variety of reporting, regulatory or general business requirements.

"Today's fleets are in a unique position to harness the power of connected vehicles across an increasingly connected digital fleet workflow, one that integrates data from drivers, suppliers, and the vehicle itself," said Michele Cunningham, Element's senior vice president of products and services. "Connected Data delivers just the subset of vehicle and driver data that customers need, making it easier to gain insights and take action in areas like optimal replacement, preventive maintenance, and assessing and mitigating driver risk and more."

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