4 Technologies Improving the Trucking Fleet Industry

13 Nov 2017

The trucking fleet industry is constantly looking for ways to improve. Adopting innovative technologies, like the four listed below can make huge improvements in driver safety, fleet operating expenses, and public perception (and appreciation) of the trucking fleet industry as a whole.

  1. Big Screens on Back of Truck Displaying Image of Road Ahead

One of the big problems on the road today is that most passenger vehicles can’t see what’s going on in front of big trucks. If you have two trucks driving side by side on the Interstate the problem is compounded – especially when riding in congested traffic.

Samsung has a sensible solution in the form of big screen televisions installed on the backs of trucks that offer a view of the road ahead of them. This allows you to see and anticipate traffic problems ahead of you.

  1. Advanced Weather Apps

Transport Topics reports that weather can have a devastating impact on mobility costs, accounting for nearly $3.5 billion in weather-related mobility costs and $14 billion in weather-related accidents over the past 10 years. Advanced weather apps can help drivers navigate around the worst of winter weather, tropical storms and wildfires safely.

This is big news for you as it can help you protect your people and the cargo they carry – saving your company money while keeping your customers happy and reducing the costs that are often associated with weather-related issues.

  1. GPS Fleet Tracking

Perhaps one of the biggest technological innovations to hit the roadways today is GPS fleet tracking. These services go well beyond the simple mapping of routes to help reduce fuel usage and save time. It also helps you to monitor driver behavior, stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance, navigate around traffic and weather when necessary, and protect cargo from theft. It also means that you can pinpoint the geographic location of all trucks in your fleet at any time ensuring that help can arrive quickly in the event of an accident.

  1. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

The ELD Mandate has been signed into the law giving the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the authority to enforce certain compliance parameters associated with this new mandate that applies to most fleet operations. Phase One is set to end on December 18, 2017. At this time, all carriers that fall under the purview of the mandate must either have ELDs installed on their vehicles or AOBRDs that are compliant with the mandate. As of December 16, 2019, all affected carriers must be fully compliant by using ELDs that are registered and fully compliant.

These technologies exist to improve the safety of fleet drivers, cargo, and other drivers on the road. With exciting technologies like these, it’s exciting to think of what the future holds for the trucking industry.

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