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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Onboard Advisor Improves Commercial Fleet Safety and Productivity

Unique Solution from Liberty Northwest Launches Also Offers Insurance Discounts

Onboard Advisor is a first-of-its-kind GPS-based tracking tool that updates a vehicle’s position every two minutes. This fleet management solution lets companies improve fleet safety and performance, save on commercial auto insurance premiums, and more. Liberty Northwest, a Liberty Mutual Agency Markets regional company, is now offering Onboard Advisor to commercial fleets in its five-state territory.

In today’s harsh business climate, Onboard Advisor’s real-time tracking and performance accountability features can also serve to help fleet owners lessen their expenses on fuel, maintenance, and overtime.

Thomas M. Troy, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Liberty Mutual Agency Markets’ Regional Companies Group, said, “With all of the GPS-based products on the market, Onboard Advisor is the first to harness multiple technologies to do much more than simply show where vehicles are located. This is a unique solution that can yield month-to-month fleet cost savings as well as substantial annual insurance premium discounts.”

Onboard Advisor’s Insurance Advisor honors safe fleet management by providing a first-year discount of roughly 15%, and a maximum discount of up to 40 percent, depending on fleet performance in renewal years.

Because there are no up-front costs with Onboard Advisor, and only a low monthly per-unit fee for the fully integrated fleet management solution, companies can start seeing their savings in their very first month of usage.

How Onboard Advisor Works

Onboard Advisor updates a vehicle’s position every two minutes. Fleet managers can monitor driving or map or optimize routes according to traffic circumstances. With just one-click, Onboard Advisor generates vehicle-specific trip reports.

In addition, Onboard Advisor’s market differentiator called Performance Advisor, powers the safety function by collecting in-depth driver and vehicle data and sending updates to a fleet manager’s desktop dashboard. Performance Advisor scores each vehicle in a fleet, uses onboard sensors to identify unsafe driving and inefficient fuel economy. This lets fleet managers easily identify drivers who contributions are positive to overall safety and productivity. Color-coded icons reveal precisely what driving behaviors contributed to high, medium, or low risks during any trip over the course of seven days.

Julie A. Burnett, president and chief executive officer, Liberty Northwest, said, “We’ve developed these tools so companies can improve driver and vehicle safety performance and pro-actively manage their fleets. With improved safety and the potential for significant insurance discounts, we believe Onboard Advisor will bring our customers real value.”

Fuel Advisor, another component of Onboard Advisor, is the no-fee fuel card and monitoring program, offering up to three cents off every gallon of gas purchased at nearly all major national and regional gas stations across the U.S. Fuel Advisor monitors spending online by capturing driver ID and odometer readings to make certain a company vehicle is being fueled and unapproved purchases are not being made.

To learn more about Onboard Advisor and how much monthly savings your fleet could see, go to or call 877-803-5338.

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