United Parcel Service is testing a new ruggedized mobile computer in its trucks that can wirelessly log departure and arrival times and provide managers with data on vehicle speed and idle times.
Test versions of Motorola Inc.'s VC6096 Windows Mobile-based system, unveiled last week, have been installed inside long-haul UPS trailer trucks and large trucks that move packages among sorting facilities.
A spokeswoman wouldn't say how many of the computers Atlanta-based UPS plans to buy, but she noted that it will be a "sizable" number by the time the company's deployment is completed, which is expected in 2010. The computers will be generally available early next year for $4,395.
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