Masternaut Vehicle Tracking Sensor Averts Vehicle Brake Failure

By Masternaut Uk, PRNE
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

LEEDS, England, November 24, 2010 - Brake failure on a van was averted using new technology from vehicle
tracking company Masternaut. Patented contactless engine management
technology (CANbus) developed by Masternaut recognised a fault in the
vehicle's antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic power steering (EPS)
and reported that both of these critical systems were displaying warning
lights. This alerted the service engineer - who had been ignoring the warning
lights - to the potential failure allowing the vehicle to be stopped and
recovery arranged.

Masternaut's CANbus is unique in not needing an open FMS (fleet
management standard) gateway, which retains the full vehicle manufacturer's
warranty. The engine monitoring and diagnostic system sends information in
real time to the Masternaut vehicle tracking system, alerting operators of
faults or unusual driver and vehicle behaviour.

"This is a cautionary tale for fleet operators and shows that an
investment in technology is worthwhile. Drivers often ignore warning
lights assuming that these are simple electrical faults and have no bearing
on the safety of the vehicle. We were able to prove that the Masternaut data
was accurate and on further investigation we were able to show that these two
faults had existed for some time. The addition of safety alerts and highly
detailed reporting complements the vehicle tracking system, adding a further
dimension in accuracy and intelligence," says Martin Port, MD of Masternaut.

In another incident a broken down tanker caused a two hour traffic jam
due to brake and clutch failure. Had the vehicle been fitted with a CANbus
linked to a vehicle tracking system, the depot would have been aware of the
vehicle's faults before it was dispatched.

Modern vehicles are fitted with up to 70 electronic control units for
various subsystems. The CANbus system relays this information through to
the vehicle tracking system enabling the fleet management team monitor that
all systems are functioning and maintaining safety of the driver and vehicle.

Masternaut also offers GreenerFleet, a service that enables fleet
operators to reduce emissions and slashing fuel costs. GreenerFleet is
instrumental in Masternaut's Drive for Life, which is the world's largest
safe driving competition, with 70,000 drivers being tracked by Masternaut and
assessed for their professional driving ability. The competition is supported
by road safety charity Brake and IAM Drive & Survive, the professional
training division of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.


Contact: Martin Port at Masternaut Three X - +44(0)113-281-4000, Email: media at

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