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New telematics solution tackles short-term hire vehicle market

Masternaut has launched a new device that enables fleets running short-term hire vehicles to access the benefits of telematics.

M300 can be mounted to the vehicle’s windscreen and ready to use “within minutes”.

Although BVRLA research indicates short-term hire vehicles account for 20% of fleets, they are not usually equipped with telematics due to installation costs and logistical challenges.

In response, the Masternaut M300 device is designed for simple installation and can be mounted to the vehicle’s windscreen and ready to use within minutes. It’s also powered by a built-in battery, enabling it to be removed and reinstalled in any vehicle without the need for an engineer.

Data feeds from the device will appear in the Masternaut Connect fleet management application, along with other vehicles using permanently installed telematics.

Dhruv Parekh, Masternaut’s CEO, commented: “In a few years, it won’t matter which telematics device or connected car reports vehicle data – all data needs to be analysed on one platform.”

The launch of the new product in Europe follows the announcement earlier this year that fleets can now buy Vauxhall vans with pre-installed Masternaut telematics devices in a move intended to eliminate deployment time, hassle, and cost.

Dhruv Parekh added: “The M300 is consistent with our strategy to remove installation hurdles and make collecting vehicle data from various sources on our platform easy, so we can provide better insights to our customers.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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