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Keep Your Eyes on the Road

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

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

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

One device, a crash-sensing and diagnostic module (SDM), isbuilt in to the electrical systems of every General Motors car andtruck. During the first five seconds of air bag deployment, itcaptures information regarding engine rpm, when the brakes wereapplied, whether the driver was wearing a seat belt and how fastthe car was going.

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