David Meek grabbed Tachoblog’s arm yesterday to let us know that Quartix has become the first major telematics specialist to provide pay as you go vehicle tracking with Google Maps.

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Available with the company’s InfoPlus and Corporate versions of  Quartix Pay As You Go, operators can use Google Maps’ zoom and scroll controls to search a live tracking screen and can quickly trace vehicle-journey details or find the nearest vehicle to a customer.

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The new mapping system, also included in Quartix’s unique email reporting facility, provides customers with direct access to maps and satellite images from locations named in journey reports.

Andy Walters, Quartix managing director, told Tachoblog,  “We are an innovative company and our decision to incorporate Google’s industry-leading maps is a good illustration of this. It follows on from last month’s launch of a suite of real-time performance ‘dashboard’ displays with our Corporate package.”

Mr Walters added, “We are still the only leading vehicle tracking company to offer a genuine pay as you go service which is backed by the right of customers to cancel at any time. It will be interesting to see at what point our competitors are prepared to offer this as well.

“Pay as you go is attracting an enormous amount of interest and without doubt customers see it as the way forward.”