ARI has unveiled new technology thats measures how long a vehicle is out of service and provides data to manage the reduction of a fleet’s total downtime.

VehicleDowntimeView, the new technology, is available via ARI's insight portal, and utilizes GPS monitoring and telematics data, according to the company.

ARI has geo-fenced more than 68,000 shops in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom so that a fleet manager is notified when any vehicle with a telematics device crosses a virtual border surrounding the shop property, according to the company.

“If a vehicle is down for a few hours, that means your employee isn’t in the field serving customers or generating revenue for your company,” said Tony Candeloro, vice president, customer information systems and product innovation. “And if a driver requires a rental vehicle for a more complex repair, that expense negatively impacts that fleet’s total cost of ownership. ARI VehicleDowntimeView can help fleet managers get vehicles back to work, servicing customers and contributing to the revenue-generating activities they support more quickly.”

Fleet personnel can search for and view the exact location of vehicles via Bing maps and set parameters to be notified when vehicles are down for maintenance past a certain timeframe. They can also view other details about the repair being done on the vehicle.

ARI VehicleDowntimeView is provided as an ancillary benefit to clients who currently use ARI’s maintenance management and telematics programs.