New Zealand transport technology and services company EROAD has opened its first US office in Portland, Oregon.
The company’s launch of its commercial service in Oregon follows a favourable audit of its solution by the Oregon State Government.
“From the beginning, we had an aim to become a global GNSS tolling provider and it’s very exciting to have reached that goal in North America,” says EROAD CEO Steven Newman.
EROAD chose Oregon as its first US market because the state has a road charging system similar to New Zealand’s. The Oregon office will have three sales staff and two administration/customer support staff.
The company undertook a commercial pilot in October 2012 and a regulatory pilot in 2013.
Following the regulatory pilot, an independent review and audit by the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division concluded that the EROAD solution reduces the burden of record-keeping by helping motor carriers prepare and submit weight-mile tax reports. A number of the customers that took part in the pilots are now EROAD customers in Oregon.
EROAD says its electronic weight-mileage tax solution has the potential to transform the management and collection of weight-mileage tax in Oregon, automating a paper-based process and saving money for both transport operators and the Oregon State Government.
Related: EROAD takes different path EROAD designed, implemented and operates the world’s first network-wide autonomous GNSS/cellular tolling system, which has been operational in New Zealand since 2009. As the company expands it needs to be able to enter new markets without increasing infrastructure capital costs, said Jarred Clayton, engineering manager.