Telematics is no stranger to the fleet world, but some business owners and fleet managers have yet to embrace the technology. Many of those who do employ telematics have failed to take advantage of new and exciting features. If your company is late to the connected-vehicle game, here are five ways the latest systems can make a noticeable difference to your bottom line:

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From vehicle ordering to maintenance and remarketing, one thing remains at the heart of all fleet management services: the vehicle. Everything you do, with some help from your fleet management company, is about getting and keeping your drivers mobile for the minimum cost. So why is there so much concern over the vehicle and how to maximize this investment?

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Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a "no points cite" that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scores – through April 1.

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On Dec. 18, the industry will enter Phase Two of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implementation of the new ELD rule. The rule itself was finalized in 2015, making the beginning of Phase One, which included a public awareness campaign focused on the need to meet the deadlines set forth by the mandate.
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Clients of LeasePlan USA can expect more from their telematics solution through a partnership with MapAnything. Under the service agreement, fleets will have access to MapAnything's advanced telematics and field productivity solutions through their Salesforce.com integration. General Motors' customers will realize an even larger benefit with MapAnything Live's OnStar integration.

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