SAN DIEGO -
A minute-by-minute tracking system will be installed on the city of San Diego's more than 3,000 vehicles, but city officials said it's not a spy system.
"That's not the intent," said Deputy Director John Clements, deputy director of the city's Fleet Services Division.
"What this is intended to do is not only make getting two and from repair orders more efficiently, but we estimate we'll save roughly $400,000 in fuel savings alone," he told 10News.
Clements said Columbus, Ohio, put the system in 3,000 of its vehicles, and that city has seen a fuel savings of $1 million in today's prices.
San Diego has 4,000 vehicles -- everything from street sweepers to street repair vehicles.
The sweepers already have the device in them, which not only shows which street has been swept and when, but a printout also reveals each time the data was transmitted.
The San Diego City Council approved a $6.8 million contact that will outfit 3,500 vehicles over the next five years as well as integrate police and fire vehicles, which currently have standalone systems.
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