Technology makes tasks simpler, faster, safer, and more accurate, but investment often boils down to one question: will it give us a competitive edge?
Here’s the technology you might see in your truck soon.
1 Dynamic routing
When driving, the route you take is everything. Dynamic routing allows you cut out unnecessary miles, find the quickest route, and avoid congestion. It’s the closest you’re going to get to real-time route planning.
2 Front-facing cameras
The primary role of dash cams is to protect the driver in the event of a collision or false insurance claim. Today’s technology uses data analytics, scene recognition, and multiple cameras to combat anything from distracted driving to potential disputes.
3 Driver scorecards
Telematics has been assessing bad and reckless driving since the late 2000s as a way to reduce accidents, fuel efficiency, and wear and tear. Today’s technology is more sophisticated, analysing type of load and truck alongside video, AI and deep learning.
4 Collision mitigation technology
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) use sensor technology to detect potential crashes and take emergency action to avoid them. As a result, this tech is becoming standard in many new trucks.
Electronic logging devices (ELDs) have had a mixed reception. Some owner-operators claim they make it harder to stay competitive. Others see it as a way to increase competitiveness in an industry where driver turnover is notoriously high. Either way, it improves drivers’ lives, which is a good thing.
6 Trailer tracking
The combination of a GPS transporter and wireless IoT sensor provides data on loss prevention. Add big data to the mix and you can manage fleet use, maintenance and assets with ease.
7 Temperature tracking
The tech inside refrigeration units monitors temperature and matches that to GPS positioning. This means temperature is documented throughout the journey and any issues identified and dealt with asap.
These are all examples of technology that can improve the efficiency of the business, but what about technology that makes life easier for drivers? What technology do you have or would like to see in your cab?
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