Geotab has launched a time-lapse map that shows the drop-off in commercial fleet activity in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Based on data provided by Geotab, there was an 88 percent reduction in commercial fleet activity from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28 in the Houston area, translating into severe economic losses and downtime.
Geotab said it will provide weekly updates to the interactive map during the crisis.
“There are Geotab devices in approximately 52,000 vehicles in Texas, including 8,000 vehicles in the Houston area,” said Neil Cawse, CEO of Geotab. “It is crucial that we do everything possible to help our customers protect the lives and safety of their drivers in the affected areas as we continue to face the outcome of this storm. Geotab is working closely with our partners to provide relevant data so that commercial and emergency fleets are able to travel safely and respond urgently to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.”
Businesses using a telematics system with Geotab devices can stay in touch with commercial drivers and access real-time updates, allowing them to stay in constant communication and let them know if they need to take appropriate detours or make complete stops, the company noted.