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Zonar Launches Light-duty Telematics Control Unit


Zonar announced the availability of its Light Duty Transmission Control Unit (TCU), built in conjunction with its parent company Continental. Zonar and Continental designed the Zonar LD™ TCU to meet the evolving needs of light-duty vehicles within fleets. This includes access to detailed vehicle telematics data and diagnostics to improve performance, efficiency, and security.

Light-duty vehicles make up over 60% of today’s vocational fleets. Additionally, many school districts and transit services rely on light-duty vehicles to transport riders safely and reliably. The LD TCU provides these fleets with a simple plug-and-play telematics solution for light-duty vehicles, providing the same essential Zonar Ground Traffic Control® reporting as the Zonar V4 telematics device designed for light-duty, heavy-duty, and off-highway vehicles.

The LD TCU collects data then compresses, encrypts, and transmits it to Zonar data centers over a private VPN. This high-resolution path data allows users to see the location of each fleet vehicle, with an exact record of every action performed, during every trip.


Additionally, last-mile delivery is responsible for more than 50% of supply chain distribution costs. COVID-19 has accelerated the demand of the Zonar LD TCU to support retail, grocery, and package deliveries to homes. As fleets experience labor shortages, last-mile delivery fleets look for ways to optimize operations through telematics solutions that help them—

  • Uncover hidden costs and fuel inefficiencies by looking at speed, distance, path, and idling. Ground Traffic Control provides fleet managers with advanced analytics through a cloud-based platform, supporting all major mobile devices and computers.
  • Track each light-duty vehicle’s location and activity in real time. The LD TCU uses advanced GNSS positioning technology (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou satellites).
  • Maintain optimal vehicle health to improve safety and compliance for the entire fleet. The LD TCU is a handheld device that plugs into the vehicle’s OBD2 port for access to diagnostics data.
  • Enhance scheduling and security by tracking when vehicles arrive and leave and how often they’re late—or on time.

“With the Zonar LD TCU, we are providing a plug-and-play, cloud-powered, end-to-end telematics solution for fleets with light-duty vehicles,” says Will Cousins, vice president of product management at Zonar. “Pickups, cars, vans, minivans, SUVs—if they’re part of your fleet, they need to be tracked and monitored. And when fleets combine the LD TCU with our other mobile solutions such as EVIR® Mobile and Zonar Coach™, they can extend their safety and compliance strategies without hardwired technologies and installation downtime.”

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