Manitoba

Manitoba firms can keep tabs on vehicles

Businesses in Brandon, Man., now have a new tool at their disposal to ensure company vehicles are not being abused.

Businesses in Brandon, Man., have a new tool at their disposal to ensure company vehicles are not being abused.

The $400 DriveSync Unit Monitor uses GPS technology to track where and when a vehicle is driven, how fast it's driven and how aggressively its brakes have been applied.

People "who don't own the vehicle, don't pay for maintenance, don't pay for the fuel, … tend to abuse the vehicles a little bit more," said Kurt Dieckelt, manager of Krazy Krazy, an electronics store in Brandonthat's been sellingthe device for a month.

"This is great for that kind of vehicle that's being driven by other people," Dieckelt said, adding the product has received interest from businesses with fleet vehicles.

"It's easier to keep track of all our vehicles, whereabouts they are, how our employees are driving our vehicles," said Mike Mulligan, whose roofing company has installed four of the devices.

"We're mainly in the city, our [maximum] speed's been at 72 [kilometres an hour] so far."

Dieckelt said parents can also install DriveSync monitors if they want to keep track of their teen drivers. He said the ultimate goal of the units is to ensure safe driving.

DriveSync is made by Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. based in Waterloo, Ont.

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