How to track a vehicle's location with GPS

As a fleet manager, ensuring the efficiency and safety of your vehicles is paramount. Harnessing GPS technology to track your fleet is not just a luxury reserved for the largest fleets; it's an essential way to optimize operations and provide your drivers with the tools they need to excel.

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What is GPS vehicle tracking?

Vehicle tracking is a technology that utilizes GPS to monitor the location of a vehicle in real-time. It involves the installation of a tracking device into a vehicle, which then transmits data to software that can be accessed to manage and track the vehicles within a fleet.

By leveraging GPS technology, vehicle tracking provides accurate and up-to-date information about the whereabouts of company vehicles. This allows businesses to enhance efficiency, improve security, monitor driver behavior, and enhance fleet operations effectively.

How do I use GPS vehicle tracking software?

When it comes to fleet tracking, you want a platform that's built around you. Our vehicle tracking solutions are delivered through our cloud-based Kinesis platform, giving you easy access to drive fleet management effectively.

Our map view, integrated with Google Maps, gives you live tracking of all vehicles with a fleet tracking device fitted. The system also allows you to playback journeys, to see where your fleet was in the past and routes they traveled.

Set up geofences to monitor specific locations, view driver behavior information to improve safety, and access a range of reports to support your fleet management. Kinesis gives you the tools you need to drive efficiency, reduce costs and improve safety.

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Where can I access vehicle tracking software?

Our web-based fleet management software is simple to use and offers managers a range of features and insights. Once you have a device installed in your vehicle, you will be able to access the Kinesis system. From here, you will be able to access all the features you need to boost efficiency in your fleet.

It is also available on a mobile app, offering flexibility for business owners and fleet managers who are often out of the office.

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Do I need a GPS vehicle tracking device?

To access vehicle tracking software and see data on your fleet, you must have a tracking device first installed into your vehicle. We have a wide range of GPS tracker devices to create the right solution for your business, whether you need car tracking, truck tracking, semi-truck tracking, or even electric vehicle tracking.

Our range of GPS vehicle tracking devices provides all you need for essential vehicle tracking, while we also offer a more advanced vehicle tracking device to collect even more data from the CAN system on your fleet vehicles.

Whatever your requirements, we will have a vehicle tracker that delivers the telematics data and information to help you achieve effective fleet management.

Different types of GPS tracking devices


Self-installation, which consists of attaching the device to your vehicle without professional assistance, and used for fleet telematics and telematics car insurance, offers convenience and cost savings. For fleet telematics technology we offer two types of easy-install telematics devices that facilitate vehicle tracking, that fit either to the battery of the fleet vehicle, or via the ODB port to achieve a CAN connection. The advantage of the ODB option is that you can capture driving data from the vehicle itself, in addition to GPS tracking for location data.


Professional installation is another option, used primarily for fleet telematics and complex telematics systems involving additional products. This option ensures accurate placement and proper integration with the fleet vehicle and its system, but this is likely to incur an additional cost, beyond the fleet tracker device itself. At Radius, we offer hardwired devices that will give you a deeper insight into your fleet than a self-install device, such as access to tachograph data and setting up driver ID.

Benefits of GPS vehicle tracking

Our business vehicle tracking software gives you visibility over your fleet and more.

Real-time location tracking: Our system integrates seamlessly with Google Maps, giving you a live map view.

Journey history: Get detailed information about past journeys and the routes taken.

Estimated time of arrival (ETA): Our system provides precise information about when a vehicle is expected to reach a destination.

Geofences: You can set up geofences to monitor specific areas and receive alerts in case any of your vehicles enter or leave these locations.

Driver behavior monitoring: Our GPS fleet tracking system allows you to track and evaluate driver behavior, promoting safer driving practices.

Detailed reporting: Access a wide range of reports that provide valuable insights into your fleet's performance.

Fleet grouping: Organize your vehicles into different teams or groups for easier company vehicle management and monitoring.

Mileage tracking: Keep track of private and professional mileage for tax and reporting purposes.

Fuel consumption: Cut wasted mileage and ensure good driving practices to optimize fuel consumption and cut fuel costs.

Boost your fleet management

Whether you are running a large fleet of commercial vehicles as a key part of a supply chain, or running a handful of vehicles as part of your service delivery, our solutions can play a key role in achieving success.

By implementing a robust GPS tracking system for your company vehicles, you can ensure efficient fleet management, enhance driver safety, monitor fuel consumption, track vehicle locations in real-time, and mitigate the risk of theft. With the right solution in place, businesses can streamline their operations, optimize resources, and ultimately boost productivity and profitability.

Stay ahead of the curve in fleet management by choosing a reliable GPS tracking system with Radius, tailored to meet your specific needs and watch your business thrive.


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