Put your mobile workers in the driver seat

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We are excited to introduce Zubie Crew, a brand new FREE Mobile App for your drivers included in our Zubie Business solution.  It’s designed to help you improve your fleet’s performance – from the ground up.

Zubie Crew helps drivers see the results of their behavior – every day and even every trip – to become safer and more efficient.  We suggest customers use the Zubie Crew app along with the Leaderboard or Driver Scorecard Reports to understand trends on a weekly or monthly basis.

Drivers will have access to only their own driving data including:

  • A Driver Scorecard including metrics like idle time, speeding and hard brakes
  • Post-Trip Alerts with driving stats, events and detailed map
  • Alerts about Engine, Battery or Low Fuel problems
  • Directions to their vehicle’s current location

To learn more about Zubie Business, visit us at zubie.com/business.  To learn more about setting up the Zubie Crew app, check out this Help Center article or contact us with any questions!

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Activity Insights – New Zubie Business Features

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We are excited to announce new Zubie Business features available today, aimed to help companies deliver better service to their customers.

Insights into Customer Visits

Zubie now collects and analyzes visit activity for saved Places.  Zubie tracks any activity inside of a place’s geofence – whether the vehicle stopped or not.

Do these customer inquiries sound familiar?

  • When did your driver actually show up last week?
  • How many times did you come here last month?
  • Can you give me a report on how much time your company spent at my stores?

For ad-hoc lookups…customers can use our Live Map to search a Place lookup recent activity.

For historical insights and a fleet-wide perspective…customers can use the new Stats by Place Dashboard. The dashboard can be used to generate a proof of service report for your customers, including visit details like the visit date/time, driver, duration for the last year.

Customers can also sign up for a scheduled weekly or monthly report that summarizes activity for the top places.  Learn more about this (and other ways to use the Dashboard) in our Product Guide.

Segment your Fleet using Vehicle and Driver Tags

For larger (or growing) businesses, the new Vehicle and Driver Tags are a powerful way to break down a fleet into groups.  Tags can be used throughout Zubie – to filter what vehicles are monitored in Live Map, or to analyze fleet performance in the Dashboard.

Possible scenarios for tags:

  • Grouping vehicles by office or location
  • Grouping by vehicle purpose…sales vs. delivery
  • Assigning vehicles to dispatchers
  • Flagging “high risk” drivers
  • Or whatever unique requirements you might have for your business

Learn more in our Help Center on setting up and using tags.

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Zubie scores a ride in the Prius and celebrates Earth Week

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Zubie recently played its part for clean and smart driving in the San Francisco Bay area, participating in Toyota’s Prius Pick Me Up Earth Week celebration. For two days, April 20, 21, Toyota offered commuters Casual Carpool Pickups — free rides to-and-from the East Bay and San Francisco in the all-new 2016 Prius. The event was a nod to Toyota’s leadership in the hybrid space – Toyota (and Lexus) have twice the number of hybrids on the road over any other OEM.

. Plus, the Bay Area is known for its highly dense Prius population, with more than 217,000 of the popular hybrid vehicles sold in the Bay Area since 2001.

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Zubie’s role? We were honored to be asked to install our Zubie with WiFi device in each of the 17 Prius cars ferrying the commuters around. As a result, lucky riders enjoyed a convenient, hassle-free ride to or from work and — courtesy of Zubie — access to super-speedy WiFi powered by Verizon. An easy commute coupled with quick WiFi access to shop, surf the web or do a little work — what a great way to spend your ride time.

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Plus, as any carpool aficionado knows, even a simple carpool can be a bear to coordinate, so Toyota took advantage of Zubie’s always-on, cellular-powered GPS capabilities to keep track of all the vehicles and coordinate rides efficiently.

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All told, the Bay Area Prius carpool tally was 43 pick-ups/drop-offs per day which amounted to 430 total riders. Not too shabby considering Bay Area traffic.

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Capping the Earth Week festivities, area Toyota owners broke a Guinness World Record on Earth Day with the biggest parade of hybrid vehicles ever organized. On Northern California’s Alameda Air Field, 332 Toyota Prius owners made a parade lap to celebrate Earth Day, and set the new record.

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Congratulations to Toyota for the record and ongoing Prius/hybrid victories. Zubie salutes you for promoting, clean, green driving!

Alexa Meets Zubie

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You know this morning routine.   You’re running late,  gulp down your cereal, grab your travel mug and race out to the garage only to find your car gone, but your spouse’s car curiously still sitting there.  Your suspicions are confirmed as you get in and see that ominous glow of low-fuel light.  You’ve just lost the “Fill-up War.”

To help alleviate this scenario and other marital woes, Zubie is now integrated with Amazon Echo, which means that many questions about your car can be asked and answered by voice, while still at home.

Alexa, Ask Zubie where’s the Honda?
Alexa, ask Zubie when did the Toyota leave?
Alexa, ask Zubie when did the Honda arrive?
Alexa, ask Zubie where is my car?

And of course, the all-important question that might make your morning a little easier.
Alexa, Ask Zubie how much fuel does my Honda have?

Setting it up

Setting up Zubie to work with Alexa is simple.   Zubie exists as a “Skill” within Alexa.   From the settings menu of the Alexa app, select Skills and search for Zubie.   Enter your Zubie login information and you’re all set!   You can start by learning about all the things you can ask Alexa about Zubie.

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Finally…

One more thing that will make your dialogue with Alexa easier.   Since Alexa relies the nickname you defined within Zubie to identify the right car, it helps greatly to use a single word for your car’s name.   So, if you have “2013 Honda“, simply change that within Zubie to “Honda”.   This makes Alexa’s life, and yours, a lot easier.

Have fun with Alexa and Zubie!

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Top 5 Chevrolet Express Cargo Repair Problems

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Various models of this no frill cargo hauler have been serving small business owners for 40 years. This is why it is included in our best commercial vehicles based on Zubie driving data.

Like any vehicle though, this true and tried workhorse occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common Chevrolet Express Cargo repair problems.

#1: One or More Rear Lights May Not Work

Normal wear and tear from using the cargo space of the van can cause damage to the tail light wiring. This damage can cause the rear lights to stop working. Replacing and protecting a new tailight harness shout do the trick. The tail light harness costs about $30 and add another $3 for each bulb that you replace.

#2: Fuel Level Sensor Failure

Apparently it is pretty common for Chevy Express Cargo owners to find that their fuel tank may read the fuel level incorrectly. It is recommended that the whole fuel pump module be replaced. Replacing the entire fuel pump can range from $600-$1000.

#3: Intake Manifold Gasket May Leak Collant or Engine Oil

The intake manifold gasket may develop an external engine oil or coolant leak. In some cases, and internal coolant leak may occur also which causes the coolant to mix with engine oil. Running the engine with this internal leak can cause engine damage. In this case, replacing the intake manifold gasket will correct this issue. This repair can cost around $500.

#4: Coolant Leak and Engine Overheating:

Different from above, this coolant leak comes from the water pump, which can result in an engine overheating. To fix this, replace the water pump. This repair can run about $300-$550

#5: Damaged Front Electrical Components

Do not hose down the rear cargo mat. Various electrical components under the front carpet/rubber mat may become damaged if excess water is used.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Chevy Silverado repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by Zubie and RepairPal, CARCHEX partners. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

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New Features in February for Zubie Business

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It’s always a great day when we can announce new Zubie Business features.  We don’t want to pick favorites, but we have always had a soft spot for our “Zubie Biz” customers; they are amazing, creative and never hesitate to tell us how we can improve our services.  And today, we hope we’ll make them a little happier with our new workflow features.

First, as backdrop, when we launched  Zubie Business as a discrete service, our goal was to simplify life for small businesses that involved vehicles and drivers.  Legacy  fleet management solutions on the market were expensive, hard to install and hard to learn, and were bloated with features that simply didn’t matter to small businesses.  We provided ease-of-installation and ease-of-use at an unbeatable price.

Over time, many of our customers have made Zubie an integral part of their operations, and use it daily to track and manage vehicles and drivers. Increasingly, they have expressed a need to take it a step further to help coordinate tasks and driver activity.

New features in this month’s release help dispatchers and drivers stay more productive…and ultimately keep customers happier.  All while keeping our experience just as easy to use as ever.

Dispatch helps businesses find the right driver for the job.  It’s as simple as typing in an address or clicking on the Live Map to find the closest vehicles.  Zubie integrates with Google Maps to get actual driving times based on traffic conditions, and driving directions that can be sent to drivers. Now dispatchers can confidently send the right driver to a customer or job.

Off Hour Usage notifications will alert admins about unauthorized vehicle use…no more weekend joy rides!

All of these improvements come included in the Zubie Business service.  Look out for more exciting features coming soon!

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Zubie Awarded: BEST OBD-II Device with Software and Services

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Thank you Auto Connected Car News for nominating and awarding Zubie with the Tech CARS Award for Best OBD-II Device with Software and Services.

Not only do we want to thank everyone who voted for us, but also our loyal  Zubie users. This past year was a fun and exciting ride filled with useful updates and new product releases. We worked really hard to rev up the  Zubie App and Web View for our users, launched the Zubie App Store with partners like Urgent.ly and Expensify, integrated with IFTTT (If This Then That) and Fleetio, and partnered with the nation’s fastest and most reliable network provider, Verizon Wireless, to launch Zubie + In-Car WiFi.  Recently our team launched a set of Maintenance Reminders and we’ve got much much more in store for you in 2016!

As always, thanks for riding with Zubie and happy connecting.

Check out the full article on Auto Connected Car News.

Maintenance Made Easier

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For the longest time, we have all been driving expensive and complex pieces of machinery with relatively little help in understanding how to get the most of our driving experience or investment. Our perennial goal at Zubie has been to change that. We started with a focus on safety with features such as location tracking, diagnostics and driving alerts. And then we broadened our feature-set to encompass convenience, by enabling connections to hundreds of other apps, more insights such as speed limits, and opportunities to save money.

But it was always apparent that a major area of pain for most car owners was managing ongoing maintenance –  scheduling oil changes, tracking brake service and tire rotations. Do you remember your last oil service? Or when your tires need to be rotated? Are you waiting to get that reminder card in the mail from your dealer?  In an era of apps and on-demand everything, we think you deserve better.

Zubie Maintenance reminders track your car’s essential service needs and remind you when they are due. Pretty simple, right? Since Zubie is already aware of your mileage, activity and driving habits, the reminders are smarter and perfectly timed to your exact driving needs.  Interactive reminders allow you to flag completed tasks without turning it into a chore.   A service diary tracks all your maintenance in case its needed for reference, such as when you sell your car.  And coming soon, you will be able to find and schedule a maintenance appointment with your dealership with just a few clicks.

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Zubie Maintenance is available now on Zubie iOS and Web View, and coming in January for Android!  In the coming weeks, look for more information and reminders related to maintenance, and very shortly some exciting new features that allow you to connect directly with your service center.

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Wait Happy With In-Car WiFi

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You don’t have to tell us! We already know that Zubie + In-Car WiFi outshines other mobile hotspots.

Check out this cool story from COO, Prag Shah, and his recent In-Car WiFi experience:

“Yesterday, I pulled into a Thai restaurant to pick up dinner for me and the family. I was waiting inside for a few minutes and wanted to check Facebook etc.  To save my phone’s battery I looked for the restaurant’s WiFi. Low and behold…I was still connected with ZUBIE WIFI! While well inside the building, with my car parked and powered off in a lot across the street, and with full 4 bars of WiFi  signal. The best part is that I forgot I even had it since I was driving my wife’s car which has our Zubie + In-Car WiFi Key in it.  Totally blew me away!

At the same time my wife sent me a text message: ‘I see from Zubie you are the restaurant. How much longer?’

The range of In-Car WiFi and the speed of location tracking rocked!”

Share your Zubie + In-Car WiFi story with us on our Facebook page, tweet us @GoZubie, or use #ZubieInCarWiFi.

 

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Introducing Zubie + In-Car WiFi

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Continuing on the road of innovation, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our newest and coolest addition to Zubie: In-Car WiFi!

How many times have your little ones been bored to tears in the back seat on a road trip? How much time do you spend waiting on important work presentations to download while riding with co-workers?

Well, we have teamed up with America’s largest and most reliable network provider, Verizon Wireless, to solve the problem of all problems…staying connected on the road.

No more fumbling to see if your phones have hotspot settings…no more eating up your battery to stream content. Just fast internet connectivity that works while you are cruising. The WiFi hotspot automatically activates when you turn on your car, and stays active for 15 minutes after you turn it off. So you can even use it while grabbing coffee. And you can connect up to 10 devices, so there is no limit to how many passengers you can keep entertained.

While testing In-Car WiFi, testers universally shared their excitement about the FREEDOM they felt knowing they could connect wherever the road takes them. What will you do with In-Car WiFi? Keep the kids entertained by streaming Netflix?  Share Zubie WiFi with carpoolers and guests? Deliver a business presentation from the road?

We are excited to hear about how In-Car WiFi transforms your ride! Let us know on Twitter @GoZubie or use #ZubieInCarWiFi.

Zubie + In-Car WiFi is now available for $99.99, plus $10 per month billed by Verizon, at Best Buy stores nationwide and online. Click here to shop.  This device requires a Verizon Wireless account and data plan. Click here to learn more about In-Car WiFi.

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