LANSING, MI - The State of Michigan expanded its use of FleetCommander automated motor pool technology to the cities of Traverse City and Escanaba, bringing the total to 14 locations across the State as part of its comprehensive cost-cutting initiative, according to a release from Agile Access Control, Inc., creator of FleetCommander, a web browser-based fleet and motor pool management application.

The State uses the fleet management application to oversee operations from one centralized location in Lansing. According to Dave Ancell of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget's Vehicle and Travel Services, the technology allows the State to "analyze real-time vehicle utilization rates to make more efficient use of our fleet, which includes better use of our motor pool system and greater efficiency in the reservation process for those pooled vehicles." 

Each of the 14 locations uses a self-service motor pool kiosk; five of those pair the kiosk with Fleetcommander's secure key control hardware that provides secure, automated, round-the-clock access to vehicles, the release stated.

The roll-out of motor pool technology is part of Michigan's comprehensive effort to slash costs and change driver behavior across the state. The state now uses FleetCommander to manage car sharing for 347 vehicles among 3,051 end-users. More than 200 motor pool requests are made each work day statewide. Expansion to at least five more Michigan cities is planned in the next calendar year, according to Agile.

In addition to the motor pool capabilities, the state is using the application for asset and driver management, policy enforcement, reporting, and fleet driver communications.