Federal agencies could save money driving smart cars

Federal agencies could save money driving smart cars

Federal agencies could save money using telematics which provides fleet managers with information such as vehicle location, speed or condition in their fleets, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The so-called smart cars could provide data on whether drivers are speeding, slamming on the brakes or taking a detour on government time.

Having the information could help with better fleet management and so save money for the agencies and the taxpayers, the report says. Congress asked the GAO to study the issue because federal agencies (excluding the Postal Service) spent about $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2012 to lease about 190,000 vehicles from the General Services Administration.

After studying the data from telematics devices, fleet managers could give drivers tips on more fuel-efficient driving. They might even decide to get rid of the underused vehicles.

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