Motive vs. Samsara: What’s the difference?

Motive is the only platform that combines Driver Safety, Fleet Management, Spend Management, and Equipment Monitoring, all in one place.

Why do people choose Motive over Samsara?

AI accuracy

The Motive AI Dashcam beats Samsara in third-party tests.

Unsafe behavior detection

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Strategy Analytics found that Motive successfully successfully identifies unsafe driving behavior 4X more accurately than Samsara.

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Motive Safety Team

Motive employs a team of 250 people who watch every safety event and remove false positives so that you can save time and focus on the safety events that really matter.

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Automatic driver identification

Motive Face Match identifies drivers with industry leading accuracy so you always know who is operating your vehicles and can eliminate manual trip assignment.

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The most advanced hardware

The Motive AI Dashcam uses the Ambarella CV22 AI processor with 2X more compute power than Samsara.

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Motive Card

Motive is the only platform with a fully integrated fleet card.

The deepest discounts

The Motive Card comes with a comprehensive discount network, ensuring that you pay the lowest cost for fuel, maintenance and other expenses.

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Improved productivity

Because Motive Card is natively integrated with the broader Motive platform, you get a 360-degree view of your drivers, vehicles, and fleet-related spend in one place, eliminating data silos and saving you time.

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Complete control

Motive puts finance teams in control with fully customizable spend controls that help stop unauthorized spending before it happens. Set limits for individuals or groups of cardholders by day and time, transaction, and product category.

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Proactively reduce fraud

Motive uses AI to automatically surface suspicious transactions for investigation so that you can reduce fraud and waste without manually reviewing every transaction.

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One integrated system

Greater visibility and control with one integrated system.

Eliminate data silos

For the first time ever, safety, operations, and finance teams can manage their drivers, vehicles, equipment, and fleet related spend in a single system, eliminating data silos in your organization.

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Fewer vendors to manage

Motive puts more critical functions in one platform, reducing the burden on IT teams and giving you fewer vendors to manage. Motive is the only platform that combines Driver Safety, Fleet Management, Spend Management, and Equipment Monitoring, all in one place.

360-degree visibility

The Motive AI Omnicam provides 360-degree visibility around your vehicles and equipment.

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Enterprise grade

Get seamless, on-demand scalability with elastic architecture. Open APIs and no-code customization make the platform extensible. SSO, data encryption, and SOC2 certification provide security.

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Unmatched customer experience

We ensure that every customer has the tools to be wildly successful.

Award winning 24/7 support

With over 300 support reps available 24/7/365 over phone, email, and chat, you can count on us to help you maximize your productivity and efficiency.

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Ease of use

From simple plug-and-play installation to customizations across the Fleet Dashboard and mobile apps, to pre-built 3rd party integrations, Motive helps fleets automate and get more done in less time.

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One Driver App for everything

Simplify HOS recording, IFTA reporting, and DVIRs. View dash cam videos at the end of trips and provide drivers with coaching immediately after safety events — all with one app.

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See how we stack up

Compare our industry-leading AI accuracy, seamless user experience, and responsive customer support with other solutions on the market.

Driver Safety

Unsafe behavior detection rate

86%

21%

Driver coaching

Safety Team that reviews every video

View video and safety events within Driver App

Customizable safety score

HD video quality – 1440p at 30 FPS

360-degree visibility with AI Omnicam

Compliance

Compliance overview dashboard

CSA Score data and insights

Automatic assignment of unidentified trips

ELD within Driver App

Motive Card

In-house fleet card on the Mastercard network

Advanced spend controls

AI powered fraud detection

Fuel and maintenance discount network

Tracking & Telematics

GPS tracking for vehicles and equipment

Automated pairing of assets based on proximity

Live location sharing

Reefer monitoring

Battery-Powered Asset Gateway

Solar-Powered Asset Gateway

PTO monitoring and alerts

Cargo sensor / door sensor

Sustainability

Fuel used by vehicle

Fuel cost by vehicle

Average MPG by vehicle

Idling alerts

State of Charge (select EV makes and models)

Estimated carbon emissions

Maintenance

Customizable DVIRs

Preventative maintenance scheduling

Defect level resolution

Driver walk around

Vehicle fault code alerts

Last updated August 2023

Analyst vetted, customer approved

The experts have spoken: When it comes to fleet management software, Motive is both a top performer and an emerging favorite in 2023.


Reliable Carriers chose Motive over Samsara following extensive test driving.

100% of the 40 test drivers at Reliable Carriers unanimously chose Motive as a better fit over Samsara in a head-to-head trial. They tested our AI Dashcams and driver coaching program.

“These AI dash cams are worth a million dollars. There’s simply no price you can put on how valuable these cameras are to our business.”

Tom Abrams, CEO of Reliable Carriers

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The brand that businesses trust

Our AI-powered, integrated platform is just the beginning. Motive’s award-winning hardware and best-in-class service supports customers through user onboarding, training, and deployment.

120K

Customers

1M

Vehicles and assets tracked

1M

Drivers

1.8B

Miles driven every month

Frequently asked questions

Motive delivers a fully integrated suite of products to connect and automate physical operations, from fleet management and unmatched AI-powered safety, to spend management. Remove complexity and make everyone on the team more efficient.

Motive serves more than 120,000 businesses across a wide range of industries, including trucking and logistics, construction, field services, oil and gas, delivery, food and beverage, passenger transit, and agriculture. No matter the size of your business, the Motive Automated Operations Platform delivers the value of fleet management with data intelligence, extensibility, security, and scale.

Motive infrastructure is designed to provide security across the suite — from the physical security of hosting environments to the security protections of our IoT hardware and software applications, to the processes we use to support operational security. Enterprise security features on the platform include authentication (SSO, MFA), user authorization, and data encryption. To learn more about the security across Motive’s entire suite, download our Security Overview Guide.

The Motive Automated Operations Platform is designed to never lose your data. Motive uses enterprise-grade cloud-native technologies that empower seamless, on-demand scalability and the management of ultra-high-volume data for all customers. Open APIs and no-code customization also make the platform extensible. Download the Motive Overview Guide to learn more.

Great tech is only as good as the support and expertise behind it.  At Motive, our partnered approach guides customers through deployment, user onboarding, product training, and ongoing support. Dedicated teams include professional services, easily accessible customer success managers, and a 24/7 in-house support team. Select sales or support from our contact page to start a conversation. 

Any change to the Motive Driver App comes at the direction of drivers and fleets. We visit truck stops, attend trade shows, and go onsite to learn new ways to make your life easier. The Motive Driver App’s intuitive interface and clean design help increase productivity, simplify HOS recording, and speed up the completion of IFTA reporting and DVIRs by both drivers and fleet managers. Drivers can also view dash cam footage and complete automated coaching immediately after unsafe driving events all from within the app. Download the Motive Driver App for Android and iOS.

Motive proactively protects your drivers and bottom line with AI Dashcams with HD footage for visibility into incident investigations and to exonerate drivers to prove innocence and defend against litigation. Our video clips default to 15 seconds, which our customers love as they can see what happens both before and after the event is captured.  Along with clear video footage, we provide personalized, timely feedback to drivers on critical unsafe behaviors. We also enable safety managers to maintain a record of coaching activity. Our in-house safety team reviews every event to allow safety managers to prioritize which drivers need coaching the most.

Motive provides the right fleet management automation to help you maximize asset utilization while managing safety, driver coaching and retention, and compliance concerns — all while reducing costs. By using our accurate reporting, data integrations, and predictive analytics, our customers can simplify dispatch with the most time- and cost-efficient routes that reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions.  Our platform tools also help analyze customer time-frames to cut detention time, enhance communication between managers and drivers through the dashboard, automate driver coaching, decrease vehicle downtime with preventative maintenance and fault code alerts, and streamline compliance to optimize drive time and minimize violations.

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With Motive you can:

  • Comply with industry rules and regulations.
  • Identify risks and automate driver coaching.
  • Improve visibility and automate operations.

Voted best in class across the board


* The Motive Card is issued by Sutton Bank, Member FDIC pursuant to a license from Mastercard International. Subject to terms of Spend Management Services Agreement. Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.

* Capterra reviews constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-users based on their own experiences and do not represent the views of Capterra.

* Motive Face Match does not function in the state of Illinois.

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