Azuga Launches Awards Program for Safe Driving

Azuga, a cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and social telematics solution, launched an awards program. Azuga Safe Driving Awards is designed to motivate and incentivize fleet managers and drivers to practice safer, more efficient driving. The quarterly program, initiated and funded by Azuga, will help fleet managers increase overall ROI and ultimately increase safety in the communities where they live and work.

Using a proprietary algorithm developed by Azuga’s data science team, the ranking is calculated by a weighted average of several individual components including speeding, hard braking, harsh acceleration and idling events, each of which consider the magnitude, duration and frequency along with a spatio-temporal index that factors in the conditions under which these events occurred.

“Our awards program is only one aspect of our expansion into social telematics, an initiative that is combining driver visibility, gamification, employer-funded rewards, social sharing and Azuga-funded awards to bring a new approach to fleet telematics in 2015,” says Ananth Rani, co-founder of Azuga. “With social telematics, we are at the forefront of industry trends and innovations that will continue to help customers receive ROI from their GPS fleet tracking implementations.”

“The data science research team at Azuga is a research center that combines experts from transportation, big data and insurance to find new ways to quantify driver behavior and its relationship to fuel efficiency,” says Ashwin Sabapathy, head of data sciences at Azuga. “With this unique data set and algorithms, Azuga has been able to produce a fair driver score that motivates drivers towards better behavior through gamification which in turn improves fleet MPG, reduces carbon footprint and delivers natural ROI.”

Azuga announces the top drivers from the first quarter of 2015:

  • Paul Sabourin, AA Transport Co.
  • Javier Contreras, Aaron’s Inc.
  • Duke Zukowski, Bath Fitter
  • Jerry Bellows, AA Transportation Co.
  • Will Allen, A TECH SERVICE
  • Dee Dye, Patco Electrical Services Inc.
  • Fleet Drivers, C & L Refrigeration Corp.

Utilizing the same algorithm, Azuga Fleet is also recognizing the top fleet managers of the first quarter of 2015 for their exceptional leadership and mentorship to their fleet of drivers:

  • Patty Middleton, California United Mechanical
  • Laurie Royal, MNS Engineers Inc.
  • Ron Ernenwein, AA Transportation Co.
  • Mike Goellner, Total Environmental Concepts
  • Randy Jones, R.E. Robertson Plumbing
  • Cam Bedry, Bath Fitter
  • Fleet Management at Chapman Waterproofing Co.
  • Fleet Management at Patco Electrical Services Inc.

For more information on Azuga’s GPS and driver behavior solutions, and how to enroll in Azuga Fleet’s social telematics program click here. Fleet drivers who would like more information, tips and tricks on how to be a safer, more efficient driver and build your social portfolio, join Azuga’s Awesome Driver group on LinkedIn here.

Track Your Fleet, Driver Behavior and CO2 Emissions

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market.

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market.

Azuga, an instant-install cloud-based GPS fleet tracking and driver behavior solution, announced a new capability that provides a more accurate idling and carbon footprint report than legacy GPS systems in the market. Azuga customers have reported reducing their fleet’s CO2 emissions by at least 600 pounds per vehicle annually by using this capability.

According to World Resources Institute, fuel consumption from vehicle use generates 75 percent of a vehicle’s CO2 emissions over its life cycle. Furthermore, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that most vehicles run at maximum efficiency at 60 miles per hour, and every 5 mph over 60 decreases efficiency by 6 percent. These factors, coupled with excessive idling, delayed maintenance and inefficient routing can contribute to increasing a fleet’s total CO2 emissions.

Azuga G2 technology actually “talks” to the engine every second versus traditional GPS systems that infer idling based on infrequent GPS signals and less accurate GPS speed and ignition sensing. Azuga gives fleet managers the most accurate and up-to-date information, which will reduce idling times, increase driver performance and ultimately reduce emissions.

The GPS fleet tracking solution’s technology reads vehicles’ engine and delivers emissions and idling reporting 60 times more often than traditional GPS systems. The information is sent to the cloud, giving fleet administrators real-time snapshots of vehicle health, fuel usage, carbon footprint and driver behavior.

With EPA fines ranging from approximately $52 to $32,000 in some states, fleet managers are scrambling to find solutions. Some of these solutions are costing up to three times more than our technology and delivering less-than-accurate reports. If idling is wrong, fleet manager’s carbon footprint calculations are wrong and drivers may be penalized unfairly.

Companies across the country are experiencing Azuga’s ability to address the unique needs of emission reduction for fleets with breakthrough pricing (70 cents per day/per vehicle), lifetime hardware warranties and no contracts.