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GPS Tracking and Wi-Fi Access in Nation's First All-Hybrid Fleet

September 27, 2006 By

At MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference in Cambridge, MA, PlanetTran -- the nation's first all-hybrid public transportation service -- unveiled a Web-based real-time tracking system developed exclusively for its fleet of Toyota Prius and Lexus SUV hybrids.

The company also announced in-car Wi-Fi access that will give customers Internet access as they travel to/from Boston's Logan Airport and between other locations.

PlanetTran, which is committed to leveraging technology to improve the public transportation experience, is a sponsor of the 2006 Emerging Technologies Conference -- an event that brings together innovators and leaders in technological change.

"I have always believed that technology, when used wisely, can be used to improve the quality of people's lives," said R. Seth Riney, president and founder of PlanetTran, LLC. "A year ago at this conference, the first hand-crank $100 laptop was announced -- a locally pioneered product with global reach. We also espouse a 'think globally, act locally' perspective. By bringing environmentally friendly public transportation to consumers and corporate customers, we can contribute in some small way to the health of our planet."

"We are an old-fashioned business with new-fashioned technology," Riney added. "From the start, PlanetTran has provided value to our customers by bringing fuel-efficient hybrid cars to an industry that views fuel consumption as a pass-through surcharge. We continue to add customer value by utilizing vehicle-based geolocation and wireless communication technology, increasing efficiency and enhancing the customer's experience. For all these reasons, our mission is nicely aligned with the Emerging Technologies Conference."

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