GPS tracking dates back to 40 years ago. However, GPS enabled smartphones and tablets have made it possible to use GPS functions from anywhere. This has had a significant impact on both personal tracking and fleet management map technology .
Fleet management has benefited greatly from vehicle tracking and GPS enabled GPS tracking. Companies have welcomed vehicle tracking technology openly due to the significant cost savings. The cost savings are not the only benefit, but the customer service improvements have been phenomenal. These devices can provide exact location and can also give information such as speed, direction, and expected arrival time for the fleet.
In the past, fleet management software meant that you had to purchase a tracker device and a receiver. The software was customized to run on specific devices. These software were mainly developed by GPS tracking companies and sold exclusively by them. These companies were able to identify the problem and provide the solution that would best suit the needs of fleet managers. These companies were experts in this particular field. This held true even for the personal tracking industry where specialists such as Garmin and Tom-tom served individual customers very efficiently.
Since the introduction of Google Maps, the situation has changed. Now, GPS tracking systems can be integrated with Google Maps. Manufacturers and users have come to realize that Google Maps are easier to use than ever and that hardware is designed to support it. The only problem is how to use Google Maps for fleet management.
Google Map’s launch has had a clear impact on sales of GPS devices. Sales have declined significantly and companies only use dedicated GPS devices when they are required. Why would anyone choose a GPS-based vehicle tracking system? When the same features are available on a multipurpose smartphone that costs less than half the price of a GPS device?