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Euro Car Parts renews RAC telematics deal

Euro Car Parts has signed up the RAC to provide a further three years of telematics and driving monitoring services for its entire fleet of more than 3,000 vehicles.

The two companies began working together in 2015 when the RAC fitted telematics black boxes to 2,500 parts vans.

The new contract adds in a further 650-plus vehicles following Euro Car Parts’ acquisition of parts supplier Andrew Page in 2017 but also brings added capabilities with the RAC’s integrated dash cam service. This comes dash cam technology with the RAC’s telematics accident detection capability, which can detect lower-impact collisions due to vibration-sensing technology being used in conjunction with the more common g-force-only method. As a result, Euro Car Parts will benefit from greater insight into any incident that occurs.

The RAC has also provided Euro Car Parts with Bluetooth-enabled individual driver ID fobs which are automatically paired to every telematics box. This augments the vehicle data by providing insight into each driver; an important factor as vehicles are frequently used by multiple drivers every day.

The RAC MyDrive fobs also feature a ‘notify’ button which companies can choose to use in a variety of different ways. Euro Car Parts has chosen to use the button to save the business time: drivers press the ‘notify’ button to let the depot know they are on the way back for re-stocking.

Head of RAC Connected Services Yioti Smith said: “By layering additional technology like the RAC MyDrive ID fobs, we have been able to take monitoring from being purely vehicle-based to being driver-specific while also introducing a new time-saving business benefit via the ‘notify’ functionality which effectively speeds up the re-stocking of each van.

“Our work with Euro Car Parts also serves to demonstrate how our telematics technology is continuing to go from strength to strength and how it remains a key component of the RAC’s already sizeable and rapidly growing connected vehicle predictive breakdown service, both in consumer and business-to-business markets.”

Commenting on the renewed partnership, Tony Shearer, branch operations director of Euro Car Parts, said: “In the first three years of using the RAC’s telematics technology we saw some very clear fleet management benefits so we are excited to extend the service to the Andrew Page fleet, and to enhance with the integration of dash cams.

“We have been very impressed at how the RAC team has been able to adapt its telematics service to suit our needs and enhance our operation.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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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