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Euro Car Parts renews telematics deal with RAC

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Euro Car Parts has signed a three-year telematics and driving monitoring deal with the RAC for its fleet of more than 3,000 vehicles.

The new contract includes an additional 650-plus vehicles following Euro Car Parts’ acquisition of parts supplier Andrew Page in 2017. It also includes the RAC’s integrated dash cam service.

By combining dash cams with the RAC’s telematics accident detection capability, it says that Euro Car Parts will benefit from greater insight into any incident that occurs.

The RAC has also provided Euro Car Parts with Bluetooth-enabled individual driver ID fobs which are automatically paired to every telematics box informing fleet managers with driver-centric insight rather than just vehicle insight, as frequently vehicles are used by multiple drivers every day.

The RAC MyDrive fobs also feature a ‘notify’ button which companies can choose to use in a variety of different ways. Euro Car Parts has chosen to use the button to save the business time: drivers press the ‘notify’ button to let the depot know they are on the way back for re-stocking.

Head of RAC Connected Services, Yioti Smith, said: “After three years of working closely together on reporting and improving driver behaviour we are very pleased to have now taken this to another level.

“Under the terms of our new contract with Euro Car Parts we will be introducing our integrated dash cams into every one of their parts distribution vehicles which work seamlessly with the existing telematics technology. 

“By layering additional technology like the RAC MyDrive ID fobs, we have been able to take monitoring from being purely vehicle-based to being driver-specific while also introducing a new time-saving business benefit via the ‘notify’ functionality which effectively speeds up the re-stocking of each van.

“Our work with Euro Car Parts also serves to demonstrate how our telematics technology is continuing to go from strength to strength and how it remains a key component of the RAC’s already sizeable and rapidly growing connected vehicle predictive breakdown service, both in consumer and business-to-business markets.”

Tony Shearer, branch operations director of Euro Car Parts, said: “In the first three years of using the RAC’s telematics technology we saw some very clear fleet management benefits so we are excited to extend the service to the Andrew Page fleet, and to enhance with the integration of dash cams.

“We have been very impressed at how the RAC team has been able to adapt its telematics service to suit our needs and enhance our operation.”

The RAC and Euro Car Parts have a long history of working together over parts supply to the RAC’s fleet of 1,600 patrols.

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  • S Henshaw - 25/10/2019 21:41

    The device is good for management monitoring of vehicle and driver. However the loss of contract for driver sat navigation and road alerts has been removed from some ECP vehicles, risking the driver to having no in vehicle navigation, no warnings of road accidents, and congestion. The driver is at risk of being stuck in congestion and unable to anticipate a diversion. Presuming the driver is on the right road to begin with.

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