As the agency continues to expand its telematics program utilizing OEM-provided telematics systems, it expects to save a minimum $775,000 annually in avoided installation costs for new vehicle acquisitions.  -  Photo: Pexels

As the agency continues to expand its telematics program utilizing OEM-provided telematics systems, it expects to save a minimum $775,000 annually in avoided installation costs for new vehicle acquisitions.

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The United States General Services Administration (GSA) Fleet team recently activated more than 19,000 new telematics devices in its vehicles on factory-installed devices. In doing so, GSA reports it avoided approximately $1.45 million in installation costs. As the agency continues to expand its telematics program, it expects to save a minimum $775,000 annually in avoided installation costs for new vehicle acquisitions.

“This is the single largest increase in the history of GSA’s Fleet Telematics Program,” said Office of Travel, Transportation and Logistics Assistant Commissioner Crystal Philcox. “It brings the total number of telematics-enabled GSA Fleet leased vehicles to over 60,000.”

The vehicles were already equipped with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) integrated telematics; however, not all features were activated. This OEM solution is a burden-free, shared government service for GSA Fleet and its leasing customers. It provides comprehensive fleet management data and automated mileage reporting.

This update also benefits federal customers by avoiding supply chain issues involving computer chip shortages used in aftermarket telematics devices. GSA Fleet is working with other vehicle manufacturers to expand this solution model and further scale GSA’s telematics deployment.

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