Leasing company Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has announced it will install RAC telematics devices in all of its new commercial vehicles.

According to the RAC, Hitachi is the first mayor player in the van leasing arena to install the systems into all new vans.

The black boxes will deliver data on vehicle condition and health, while customers will have the option to enable extra services including location and driver behaviour tools.

“This is a significant agreement in terms of RAC bringing a connected vehicle management solution to a leading contract hire and leasing firm, who see the potential benefits in the proposition,” said RAC Telematics managing director, Nick Walker. “By installing telematics across the fleet of commercial vehicles, their own customers will benefit from the power of the telematics data capture, as well as the reassurance and peace of mind that RAC Breakdown and Accident Management services also deliver.”

Walker claimed the use of telematics units brings about a 10-15% saving in fuel costs and a 10% reduction in accidents as a result of improved driver behaviour.