Novatel Wireless Inc., a San Diego maker of telecom equipment and software, said Thrifty Car Rental selected its mobile tracking device, the MT 2500, to manage and protect its fleet of rental vehicles against theft, damage and loss in South Africa.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The devices contained in the vehicles relay information on rapid acceleration, harsh braking, speed violations and excessive idling, the company said.

Thrifty needed a simple solution to provide detailed driver and vehicle information to help mitigate vehicle damage, loss and theft, Novatel said.