Barnsley firm’s new vehicle tracking device set to launch

Ian Asquith, of YouTrack.
Ian Asquith, of YouTrack.

A Barnsley company is preparing to launch a tracking device that monitors vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.

YouTrack already manufactures a product that can track a vehicle’s position using GPS and mobile phone signals. The new version of YouTrack Fleet will connect to the vehicle’s diagnostics to show information like the carbon dioxide emissions, fuel consumption and driver behaviour.

YouTrack, which has clients including Newcastle Airport, local authorities, construction companies and security firms, is being given business support by Enterprising Barnsley.

The new system is still being tested by software developers at the Mapplewell-based firm, with a view to being launched in the New Year.

Ian Asquith, company founder, said: “We know that many fleet managers are having to report on carbon dioxide emissions. Our new version of YouTrack Fleet will be able to create simple reports that can feed those sort of statistics back to fleet managers, so they can make sure their staff drive more safely and more efficiently. This is all about keeping commercial drivers and our roads safer and helping businesses save money.”

The tracking units can be fitted to cars, vans or lorries, with the information monitored by a computer or smartphone. It will even be able to benchmark driving style against an accepted level, with drivers warned by a traffic light system in the cab if they are not up to standard. The firm also makes a personal tracking device called YouTrack Solo, which is aimed at lone workers, such as sales reps.