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The A-Z business fleet guide – G is for GPS

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GPS (a global positioning satellite) is a navigation system owned by the US. The system comprises 24 satellites which work in any weather conditions.

The technology is now so widespread that the vast majority of people have some kind of tracking gadgets – whether it’s a smartphone or an in-car navigation system.

The main use for a fleet owner of GPS technology is real-time tracking of vehicles. It makes good business sense to be able to keep track of where your assets are, and you are covered if there is a breakdown or if a vehicle is stolen.

It doesn’t hurt productivity either. Your drivers are less likely to dawdle or run personal errands when they know they are being monitored by their boss.

Furthermore, it helps from a planning perspective. If you run a business with lots of drivers out on the roads, it helps to see who is about when a job comes through – that way you can check the dashboard and dispatch the nearest driver. Think of cab services and ambulances – this sort of technology can be indispensable.

It is also useful for customer relationships – if you have a parcel out for delivery, you can report to your customer exactly what time they are likely to receive their order.

Think of all the times you’ve ordered something and were able to track your delivery – it is comforting to know the service is in hand and being dealt with.

If you’ve found this article useful then make sure you visit our complete A-Z of business fleet terms, which provides a complete glossary so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

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