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Can Twitter Manage Vehicle Fleets?

An Australian startup announces an in-car device will use Twitter hashtags to track vehicle locations and other automotive data.

Vehicle fleet management systems may soon make new use of an old tool. An Australian startup called PoolCar, which specializes in analytics for vehicle fleet management, has announced Twitter functionality will soon come to vehicles. An in-car Android device will use twitter hashtags to track vehicle location, speed, carbon dioxide output, and service and maintenance requests.

“We’re very fortunate to be standing at the intersection of the Twitter messaging API [application programming interface], 3G networks and Android mobile computing,” said Kurt Lingohr, founder of PoolCar.

Cars will not only send information, but may receive information via Twitter. This incoming data might include traffic congestion and route suggestions, which would be displayed on a screen.

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