General Motors plans to expand its Commercial Link fleet management service to Canada this fall.
The platform, launched in the United States last year, is specifically designed for small businesses to access key vehicle information such as location, fuel level, distance driven and maintenance needs at any time.
The service uses data provided by the already embedded OnStar hardware and aims to provide small business owners with a detailed, near real-time view of their vehicle operations to more efficiently manage their fleet.
For example, a contractor could flag if one of his service vans was left idling for 30 minutes or took a circuitous route back to the office. Managers also can set the tool to receive an alert if an employee is speeding or if a vehicle leaves a preset geographic area.
The service will be available on most 2015 model year and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. GM Canada says it saves owners the cost of adding aftermarket hardware to access their vehicle data.
Commercial Link will give small business customers with an active OnStar account instant access to vehicle information through a website. A Commercial Link mobile app, through which business can access the data, will also be available for both Android and Apple devices.