Vauxhall adds on board PC to fleet cars

The device is designed to help business and fleet drivers enter information quickly from the car, removing the need to visit the office to input data.

Most notably, the technology will be used in police cars and allows officers to save time by writing up crime reports on the spot on the Panasonic Toughbook.

Dick Ellam, Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager, said: "The Astra has long-since been a trusted model within the police, which is why we have opted to make this feature available.

"Toughbook rugged mobile computers are already in use by several police services across the country, and are proving to be a revolutionary resource to police."

The Toughbook is mounted on a docking station in the Astra’s glove box and includes an 8.4" high touch screen that can be viewed upright and downward positions.

However, Dick believes the rugged PCs will be useful for professionals outside the police as well, including those in the service industry responding to customer call outs.

"Toughbook rugged computers are ideal for professionals working in mission-critical or field-based environments, so their potential use extends beyond that of the police" he added.

The Panasonic Toughbook is available as an option with all Vauxhall Astra models sold to fleet buyers.

The five-door hatchback starts from £13,995 on the road and comes with a choice of eight trim levels and seven engines comprising three petrol and four diesel variations.

It also comes with Vauxhall’s ecoFLEX engine option, a diesel unit delivering low CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy than standard versions thanks to its use of energy saving technology such as Start-Stop systems.

The Vauxhall Astra is available to buy now from all Perrys Vauxhall dealerships.