Show vehicle positions with the Google Maps v3 API

Most people are already familiar with Google Maps, so why not utilise that to present your business data to your users. Today I am going to show you how to use the Google Maps API to track vehicles using their AVL data. This is something I have done for the Fire Service to show the location of Fire Engines across the county.
For this we are going to need the following:
  • JQuery
  • The Google Maps JavaScript API
  • A page that displays the google map
  • Some JavaScript to pull the vehicle locations
  • A PHP Script to serve the vehicle locations
  • A way to generate dynamic icons