MINNEAPOLIS — Xata Corp. says its Xata Turnpike fleet management and compliance solution now supports the Google Android mobile-device operating system across multiple wireless carriers.
Android gives customers more feature-rich mobile device options for running Xata Turnpike, routinely mentioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as the most cost-effective electronic onboard recorder (EOBR) on the market, according to Christian Schenk, vice president of product marketing.
The Android platform also gives Xata Turnpike users functionality on the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, a tablet computer for e-mail, Web browsing and other multimedia tasks, he said.
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“Xata Turnpike has always been known for being driver friendly, and we’re now going to be known for being the most device-friendly fleet management solution on the market,” Schenk said. “Our support of Android and our upcoming launch of the industry’s first fleet management system for an inexpensive, off-the-shelf tablet computer enhances Xata’s reputation as an industry pioneer and further secures our leadership position in the market.”
By bringing its easy-to-use tools to the Android operating system, Xata can now better serve the growing number of fleets and drivers who are seeking affordable solutions to help them adhere to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, FMCSA’s initiative for reducing commercial motor vehicle accidents, Becker said.
Xata Turnpike is already certified to run on several Android-enabled smartphones, and additional Android devices will be certified in the coming weeks, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The largest Galaxy Tab comes with a seven-inch, high-resolution touch screen, giving drivers what they want most: an extra-large screen with an easy-to-use Hours of Service (HOS) graphics interface that supports fingertip scrolling and pinch-to-zoom.
The Galaxy Tab and all Android-enabled devices certified for Xata Turnpike are ideal for drivers who want to run their fleet management system on the same device they use for off-duty activities, such as e-mailing, Web browsing, reading and watching TV or movies, according to Xata officials.
Additionally, Xata Turnpike for Android includes a mobile API that third-party applications can leverage to access basic vehicle and driver information, including driver and vehicle identification numbers, mileage, motion, speed and GPS.
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