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Best GPS Fleet Tracking Software and Systems for 2019

Matt D'Angelo
February 8, 2019

GPS fleet tracking software is important for businesses that employ professional drivers so they can keep track of their vehicles and driver behavior at all times. We looked into numerous providers to find the best ones on the market today. Our top recommendations are below, but if you want to take a step back and learn more about GPS fleet tracking, check out our guide to choosing GPS fleet tracking systems.

Our Best Picks

To help you find the right GPS fleet tracking service, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2019 best picks for GPS fleet tracking services and explanations of how we chose them.

Best for Small Business

Teletrac Navman
Contract structure: 3-year required

Best for Midsize Fleets

Verizon Connect
Contract structure: 3-year required

Best Value

GPS Trackit
Contract structure: No long-term contracts or cancellation fees

Best Software

Samsara
Contract structure: Minimum 1-year required

Best Reporting Features

Quartix
Contract structure: Minimum 1-year required

Best Safety Features

NexTraq
Contract structure: 3-year required

Editor's note: Looking for information on GPS fleet tracking software? Use the questionnaire below, and our vendor partners will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Teletrac Navman

Best for Small Business

Summary

Teletrac Navman provides small and midsize businesses with robust fleet tracking services. Overall, it offers great services in areas such as software usability, safety features, reporting options and overall ease of use. You can monitor driver behavior, improve fuel efficiency and optimize routes. The company also includes some service perks, like free hardware installation. Part of what separates Teletrac Navman from its competitors is its scalability. Its low vehicle minimum requirement means it can work with fleets of all sizes. It provides industry standard 36-month contracts and offers compliance for ELDs, IFTA and DVIR. Its software is also one of the best we reviewed. It has an intuitive interface and data overlays to inform small business owners about traffic and bad weather.
Read our full review of Teletrac Navman

Verizon Connect

Best for Midsize Fleets

Summary

Verizon Connect excels as a highly scalable service. Verizon rolled three major GPS fleet tracking companies (Telogis, Fleetmatics and Verizon Networkfleet) into one service offering, providing businesses everywhere with varying fleet tracking options. Verizon offers international telematics services, so you know your software is backed by solid GPS technology. Midsize fleets are larger than a typical small business fleet and require more features and services. More vehicles means more drivers, and that means more data flowing into a dispatcher. Verizon Connect provides fleet managers with the tools needed to manage all areas of their fleet. Its backed by Verizon, one of the largest communication companies in the world, so your services are ensured by a big company's reputation. It also means you'll be able to set up services that are ideal for your business. Verizon Connect, like many companies we reviewed in this industry, doesn't post its pricing info online. While it most likely has its own basic service plans, there's also likely more wiggle room to get the exact services you need for your business. This flexibility, added with the breadth of Verizon Connect's services, makes it an ideal for businesses with midsized fleets.
Read our full review of Verizon Connect

GPS Trackit

Best Value

Summary

Our pick for best value prioritizes cost without sacrificing quality. There are many telematics providers out there that have robust programs but that come at a high cost. Finding a solution that doesn't break the bank but still provides decent services can be a challenge. This value pick is ideal for businesses that haven't used fleet tracking before and are looking to introduce it to their fleet. It's also ideal for companies currently working with a solutions provider that are looking to cut costs and migrate to a new service. GPS Trackit provides flexible solutions. It doesn't require long-term contracts, provides good hardware and even has a 30-day, money-back guarantee. There are a lot of inexpensive GPS fleet tracking options on the market, but GPS Trackit excels as a company that provides good service at a low price. It provides a range of safety reports, on-board temperature repots, speed and driver behavior reports, and other vehicle diagnostic indicators. This company also has a great online reputation with the Better Business Bureau and other telematics reviews websites we analyzed. GPS Trackit earned our best pick for value thanks to its solid services and ideal price point.
Read our full review of GPS Trackit

Samsara

Best Software

Summary

The best GPS fleet tracking software is a company whose platform dwarfs industry competitors. By prioritizing a sleek, intuitive design, Samsara can provide businesses with the support and experience needed to integrate a new tool into their workflow. Having the best telematics software also means it's easy to understand the relevant data that's being produced. This way, you can focus less time on trying to understand data and glean insights from information coming into your system and more time running your business. Samsara was founded in 2015 by MIT researchers, so it's a relatively new company. This fresh perspective on the GPS fleet tracking industry has resulted in a company built on feedback from users. It has a sleek interface and intuitive dashboard setup. Samsara also provides advanced fleet tracking features, like dashcam integration.
Read our full review of Samsara

Quartix

Best Reporting Features

Summary

Our pick for the software with the best reporting features is a company that goes above and beyond the standard reporting features other companies in the industry offer. With Quartix, businesses can stay up to date on their fleet with real-time metrics. Users can analyze fuel consumption, driver scorecards, vehicle history, maintenance reports and a host of other reports. It is one of the few players in this industry that provides driver analysis. Many companies offer vehicle-based safety and fuel reporting. With Quartix, you can pin those data types to drivers. This kind of flexibility is ideal for businesses looking to beef up their analytics.
Read our full review of Quartix

NexTraq

Best Safety Features

Summary

Our pick for fleet tracking software with the best safety features is Nextraq. Safety is an important aspect of fleet management, as it provides fleet managers with insight into driver performance and is often tied to other fleet management aspects like fuel performance and maintenance. NexTraq provides businesses with solid GPS fleet tracking services and robust safety features. NexTraq users can track driver behavior, understand fleet safety trends, prevent mobile device use while vehicles are in motion and educate drivers through an online platform. It provides comparative driver analysis, so you'll understand a driver's performance in relation to other drivers in your fleet. This can help you provide incentives to top performers and coach inexperienced drivers. It's also good for drivers because it can protect your fleet in the event of an accident or incident. In addition to these safety features, NexTraq provides a complete fleet tracking service with alerts and reporting, near-real-time tracking, and a wide range of other services.
Read our full review of NexTraq

Our Methodology

To help you find the right GPS fleet tracking services, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2019 best picks for GPS fleet tracking services and explanations of how we chose them.

Locating the Best Services

Our review process involves putting ourselves in the mindset of a small business owner and gathering data that would be readily available to potential business customers. We conduct our research by visiting company websites, calling customer service representatives and considering online reviews from customers.

Choosing the Best Services

To find the best GPS fleet tracking services for small business, we started by analyzing over 50 companies. We compiled this list by looking at major industry players, considering individual review requests, analyzing reputable review websites and searching for GPS fleet tracking companies. We narrowed this initial list down by analyzing the service, including the reputation of the company, how long it has been in business, the breadth of reporting features the solution offered and whether the service was geared toward small businesses.

Researching Each Service

In our next round of research, we scrutinized the service's tracking and safety features, its dashboard and user interface, the pricing and contract structure, and whether the company earned a review in the past. This left us with 13 remaining companies.

Our Best Picks

We determined six best picks from this list of 13 based on standout features in each company. We did a deeper dive into various service aspects, like contract length, software usability, installation fees and setup, software refresh time, minimum vehicle requirements and customer service. After determining the final six best picks, we conducted sales calls and product demos. We examined the finalists' cancellation policies, support options and overall customer service. For companies that didn't offer demos, we analyzed video overviews of the software provided by the companies.

Full List
Best Picks

Full List of GPS Fleet Tracking Services

Here is a full list of GPS fleet tracking service providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks, which are marked with badges.

Advanced Tracking Technologies, Inc.

Advanced Tracking Technologies is a GPS fleet tracking system with strong customer service and a range of tracking options.

Brickhouse Security

Brickhouse Security is a GPS fleet tracking service with month-to-month service and many basic tracking features.

Budget GPS

Budget GPS offers ignition reports, idle reports, geofencing and speed alerts, and traffic updates. Businesses can enroll in budget GPS without signing a long-term contract, and Budget GPS provides resources to make your fleet more efficient. The software updates every 20 seconds, so you always have an accurate location of your driver.

BudgetGPS

BudgetGPS provides small businesses with a low-cost GPS fleet tracking option.

CalAmp

CalAmp is a GPS fleet tracking service with high-quality software and breadcrumb trail features.

Fleetio

Fleetio provides fleet tracking services for small businesses.

Fleetmatics

Fleetmatics is a popular GPS fleet tracking service with an informative dashboard and comprehensive tracking options. Learn more in our review.

Telogis

Telogis is a GPS fleet tracking system with multiple features and a high customer service score. Read our review to find out more.

Verizon Networkfleet

Verizon Networkfleet's GPS fleet tracking software is easy to use, and its hardware can provide plenty of tracking information. Read our review to learn more.

Zonar

Zonar offers GPS fleet tracking services for mass transit, vocational and freight industries. This fleet tracking service provides fleet optimization, driver productivity data, compliance information and verified pre- and post-trip inspections. Zonar also offers fuel efficiency tracking.

FleetWave

FleetWave offers fleet management software designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
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NexTraq

NexTraq is a high-quality GPS fleet tracking service with plenty of features, including extensive ones for safety tracking. It earns our pick for best safety features in a GPS fleet tracker.
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Quartix

Quartix offers advanced reporting solutions in its GPS fleet tracking services for small businesses.
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Samsara

Samsara provides businesses of all sizes with fleet tracking solutions.
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Teletrac Navman

Teletrac Navman is a GPS fleet tracking company that offers many tracking features and solid reporting.
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Verizon Connect

Verizon Connect provides a wide selection of GPS fleet tracking services that are scalable to meet the needs of any fleet size.
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GPS Trackit

GPS Trackit offers fleet tracking services for small and midsize businesses.

Editor's note: Looking for information on GPS fleet tracking software? Use the questionnaire below, and our vendor partners will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Matt D'Angelo
Matt D'Angelo
Matt D’Angelo is a Tech Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the staff in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily.