By John Simpson 08 February 2012
Fleet management provider Zenith has launched a new breakdown app designed to help stranded fleet drivers.
Put together with help from the AA, Zenith’s Breakdown Solutions app uses the device’s GPS to pinpoint the location of broken down drivers, which is sent on to the AA along with all the driver’s details like their position, name, registration and vehicle model.
The app comes as part of a new three year contract between the breakdown service and Zenith to provide breakdown services to over 34,000 vehicles under Zenith’s management.
Tim Buchan, Chief Executive Officer for Zenith, said the deal will see Zenith clients rescued by the largest fleet of breakdown patrols with rapid response times and high levels of customer service.
“This new app is a valuable tool for our drivers, enabling them to obtain faster and easier breakdown recovery,” Tim said. “It marks the first of a number of driver centric apps that we plan to roll out this year.”
David Wallace, Director for AA Business Services, added: “This is the first time that we have developed our industry leading app for a leasing company. The app will help us to reach their drivers and get them back on the road as quickly as possible.”
Drivers under Zenith’s management can download the free app now here [link opens in a new window].
As if the 10-20% fuel saving wasn’t enough, the Eco Driving app attempts to make a game of efficient and safe driving.
Through the app, users select their vehicle from van, super mini, saloon, bicycle before a journey and upon arrival at their destination, the app awards an Eco Rating reflecting how economically they have driven.
The score is saved and compare to subsequent journeys to see how drivers’ are improving over time. Awards are unlocked for passing key landmarks such as the Mersey Tunnel, Clifton Suspension Bridge or the AA’s Basingstoke Head Office.
It may sound a bit babyish but AA President Edmund King said it was about putting a fun face on eco driving.
He explained: “With diesel prices just 1p below the record, we are encouraging drivers to have fun and save money. With this new app, users will be able to learn new techniques to help improve their eco driving skills.”
The free app can be downloaded from the iTunes and Android store now.
Categories: Fleet news
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