Commercial Link logo. Courtesy of General Motors.

Commercial Link logo. Courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors has launched a new platform specifically designed for small businesses to access key vehicle information such as location, fuel level, miles driven, and maintenance needs.

Known as Commercial Link, this vehicle management service uses data provided by the 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, according to GM.

Additionally, Commercial Link saves owners the cost of adding aftermarket hardware to access their vehicle data.

Available on most 2015 model year and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles, Commercial Link will give customers with an active OnStar account access to vehicle information through a website for $10 per vehicle per month, says GM.

“Our customers are always looking for ways to increase the productivity of their vehicles, while at the same time saving money to become a better business,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet. “Commercial Link is going to give them an up-to-date component they crave so that they are always in touch with their vehicles’ performance and location, no matter where they are.”

According to GM, Commercial Link users can monitor the following:

  • Location: View the current location or route of any registered vehicle and access its location history.
  • Fuel: Monitor vehicle fuel consumption rates and view fuel efficiency reports.
  • Speed: Encourage safe driving behaviors and protect equipment by monitoring vehicle speeds and assigning speed email and text message alerts.
  • Maintenance: Receive service and maintenance notifications to stay on top of maintenance needs and reduce vehicle downtime.
  • Reporting: View charts and graphs, including consolidated reporting for year-end analysis and business expense purposes.

Commercial Link can be customized around the needs of each user, allowing for personalization of account dashboards and the ability to set up text or email alerts around sensitive items, such as if a driver is low on fuel or requires vehicle maintenance, according to GM.

A Commercial Link mobile app will also be available this summer for both Android and Apple devices.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet