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Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Know where your drivers are-and how they got there.

This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Are your fleet drivers a little too fleet? Or are they sneaking off for an hour at the local brewpub? Find out the truth with high-tech data-collecting devices that can tell you the location of company cars, verify accident reports, or show you who's speeding in your company vehicles.

One device, a crash-sensing and diagnostic module (SDM), is built in to the electrical systems of every General Motors car and truck. During the first five seconds of air bag deployment, it captures information regarding engine rpm, when the brakes were applied, whether the driver was wearing a seat belt and how fast the car was going.

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