FleetUp and partner Toshiba featured in Business Fleet on path to becoming ELD compliant
FleetUp and customer Toshiba were featured in Business Fleet’s March/April issue in an article titled ELD Rule: Three Paths to Compliance. The article follows the process Toshiba went through in choosing the right ELD provider, the installation and partnership with FleetUp.
The feature is focused on why Toshiba chose FleetUp over other providers, including their evaluation process when vetting competitive ELD companies and their devices, as well as the ease of implementing cellular ELDs and the expected benefits of both FMCSA compliance and intelligent fleet management.
Steve Tungate, Toshiba vice president and general manager of service, supply chain and innovation, was interviewed in the article and says he became a “very popular guy” months before the ELD mandate deadline because many providers were constantly in contact with him. Tungate mentions that Toshiba was looking for an ELD provider whose product and technology was easy to install, use and monitor.
The deal breaker for Toshiba in choosing an ELD provider was the company’s ability to install the devices in a reasonable time to meet the December 2017 deadline. Many providers were unable to commit, and Toshiba was impressed with FleetUp’s quick response and availability to install the devices to meet their timeline.
FleetUp ELDs are designed with a hidden, wired connector that avoids the inherent security vulnerability of Bluetooth-based ELDs. Typically installed in less than 10 minutes, the FleetUp ELD allows a vehicle’s diagnostic port to remain open for maintenance, while also enabling 10-second GPS tracking and vehicle engine data.
“From a corporate perspective, we like it because we get to see everything,” Tungate says in the Business Fleet article. “We get to see assets that are not utilized potentially as much as they should be, and we get to see assets that are being well-used to help us in our overall fleet management processes.”
Today, Toshiba is also using the ELD system as a method to track and manage its vehicle inspection checks, monitor driver behavior, and identify areas in which it can improve fuel economy or use assets more efficiently. In addition, Toshiba was impressed with FleetUp technology and pleased with the easy and strong working relationship developed with one of FleetUp’s regional sales managers, which led the company to implement FleetUp fleet management services beyond compliance.
Toshiba currently uses the FleetUp Command Unlimited fleet management services platform for solving a wide range of business-critical issues. Command Unlimited also provides advanced features such as engine diagnostics, proactive eMaintenance, geofencing, real-time GPS, fuel waste analysis, and driver behavior monitoring/modification capabilities.
Business Fleet is a publication written for fleet managers who manage commercial fleet operations. It provides comprehensive news and analysis to the unique challenges of a fleet business. The feature on Toshiba was written by Daryl Lubinsky.
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