The technology will deliver data on vehicle condition and health, forming the basis of new and enhanced services for customers.
In addition, customers will be able to access optional additional services including location and driver behaviour, which will bring further benefits to fleet customer operations.
The RAC Telematics solution, hosted by the Microsoft Azure platform, will connect the RAC Breakdown and RAC Accident Management services already in place for Hitachi Capital’s customers enabling them to drive efficiency and bring down costs.
RAC Telematics devices provide key insight into the condition of key vehicle parts and components, thanks to the advanced engine diagnostic capability, enabling customers to change failing units before they cause a breakdown.
Nick Walker, managing director at RAC Telematics, said: “This is a significant agreement in terms of RAC bringing a connected vehicle management solution to a leading contract hire and leasing firm, who see the potential benefits in the proposition.
“By installing telematics across the fleet of commercial vehicles, their own customers will benefit from the power of the telematics data capture, as well as the reassurance and peace of mind that RAC Breakdown and Accident Management services also deliver.”
Jon Lawes, managing director at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, added: “We are delighted to have partnered with the RAC to provide their industry-leading telematics service to our customers, and we look forward to the continuing success of our strategic partnership.
“Telematics and connected vehicle technology is a critical part of our fleet and specialist asset proposition. Integrating the rich telematics feed with other sources of data, such as that collected from our national repair network, tyre management programme and even driver fines data, and combined with our industry expertise and knowledge, this new initiative will enable us to deliver even deeper insights and advice that will lead to improved fleet efficiencies and safer drivers and vehicles.”