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Ram Commercial announced its Ram Telematics powered by Verizon Connect (formerly Telogis) at the 2018 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. The factory-installed, web-based fleet management solution provides a plethora of services including vehicle data, exclusive Ram diagnostics, and driver behavior. This information gives insight into how the vehicles are being used in the field, resulting in improved productivity, reduced operational costs, and enhanced driver safety.
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“The Ram Telematics solution offers clear cost-of-ownership benefits to commercial truck buyers,” said FCA’s Head of Ram Truck Brand Mike Manley. “The vocational-use segment is significant to us, and it’s important for Ram Commercial to offer a full suite of services that are important to work-truck customers.”
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Ram Telematics gives management complete visibility and 24/7 monitoring of its vehicles from the comfort of an office computer or on-the-go via a mobile device. Real-time alerts, custom rules, predictive diagnostics, automated reporting, advanced visualization, animated route history, and driver assistance are just a few of the benefits.
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Although the returns on investment of connectivity systems are plentiful, a few statistics (“Why You Need to Invest in Connected Trucks” by Frost & Sullivan, 2015) help make the benefits more tangible: 15 percent increase in productivity, 20 percent increase in vehicle utilization, 25 percent reduction in fuel expenses, 30 percent reduction in idle time, 10 percent reduction in mileage driven, and 15 percent reduction in overtime.
Ram Telematics, scalable to fleets of all sizes and covered under a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, starts at $800 for one year of service. Telematics applications will roll out to dealers and buyers throughout 2018 and 2019.