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SafetyDirect Joins Rand McNally Following Acquisition.

March 7, 2024 – CHICAGO – Enhancing its safety technology capabilities in the advanced telematics space, Rand McNally, the world's most trusted name in travel and navigation for more than a century, announced the addition of SafetyDirect®, a global leader in onboard sensory hardware and software. Rand McNally, owned since 2020 by TELEO Capital, has now completed its acquisition of SafetyDirect, combining the fleet management organizations as part of its commitment to building best-in-class solutions for companies of all sizes and across multiple verticals.  


SafetyDirect's technology has been proven effective by some of the world's largest trucking companies and is pre-installed by several leading truck manufacturers. This will enable Rand McNally to expand its existing Connected Vehicle Platform and accelerate its focus on driver safety, creating a comprehensive platform built around and focused on driver safety. That’s because protecting drivers is foundational to fleet performance, productivity, and profitability, and improves their retention rates and job satisfaction. 


“We’ve made driver safety our touchstone, not only because experienced drivers are the most valuable asset to every fleet, but also because getting safety right inherently means effectively addressing all the other issues that impact successful operations,” said Kevin Hatch, Operating Partner at TELEO. “SafetyDirect emerged as a perfect partner, with a proven track record of developing innovative, complementary solutions that enhance fleet efficiency, driver safety, and overall operational effectiveness. This strategic move aligns perfectly with our vision to provide user-friendly, data-driven technology solutions from the driver’s seat to the C-suite.” 


The combined expertise of Rand McNally and SafetyDirect will result in an expanded catalog of offerings that cater to the diverse needs of the trucking industry and other companies that own or operate vehicle fleets. The acquisition will enable Rand McNally to deliver enhanced innovations in real-time monitoring and driver alerts, predictive maintenance, fleetwide management, and compliance management, among other critical fleet operations. 


SafetyDirect's talented team of engineers, developers, and industry experts will join forces with Rand McNally's existing team to drive innovation and accelerate the development of  next generation connected vehicle technologies. The collaboration will not only benefit existing customers but will also  open new opportunities for growth and expansion in emerging markets. 

Rand McNally remains committed to providing its customers with state-of-the-art solutions that empower them to navigate, operate, and manage their fleets efficiently. This acquisition is a milestone in Rand McNally's dedication to staying at the forefront of technological advancements in the transportation industry. 

Media Contact: 

David McCauley



About Rand McNally – Chicago-based Rand McNally makes journeys better through innovative solutions that improve the movement of people and goods. Rand McNally is a trademark of RM Acquisition LLC, d/b/a Rand McNally. 

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