It looks like fleet managers will have something to look forward to later this year.
Insurer and roadside assistance provider AA Plc has announced that it is about to widen the reach of its breakdown prevention technology. Originally offered to private motorists across the UK, “CarGenie” will soon be available to the business sector.
“Preventative maintenance systems are not new to the marketplace,” said Jennie Hill, business services director at the AA. “However, we believe that what sets CarGenie apart is the rigorous product trials and testing we’ve undertaken to ensure the product is tailored to our business customers.
“CarGenie takes a significant burden away from fleet managers and allows them to focus on other aspects of their role. Not every fault code requires a vehicle to be taken off the road immediately – indeed some just go away by themselves – and the system has been designed to only alert customers when the fault is dangerous or likely to cause a breakdown.”
According to the AA, its “ground-breaking” technology has not only undergone extensive trials across more than 10,000 vehicles but also processes a greater amount of data compared with similar telematics-based systems. It also cited the simple installation into a vehicle’s onboard diagnostics port, from where real-time analysis takes place. The information is then conveyed to the CarGenie app.
“The AA is an organisation that focuses on guaranteeing business mobility, whatever the circumstances, and our service is second to none,” added Hill. “We’re confident in assuring our customers that our tool will predict up to a third of breakdowns, preventing the inevitable downtime and loss of revenue that come with taking a vehicle off the road for a day, or perhaps even longer.”