A Connected Future

Small fleets and owner-operators should look at coming advances in connected truck technologies as opportunities and not threats, according to Drivewyze chief operating officer Leo Jolicoeur and Sandeep Karr, chief strategy officer for Fleet Complete. Leo and Sandeep offered their thoughts on how connected truck technologies will impact the trucking industry in the coming years in Commercial Carrier Journal’s October 2017 issue.

The article, entitled “Connected Trucks,”was written by CCJ equipment editor Jason Cannon. It is the first installment of a three-part series on the future of trucking. The story offers Drivewyze Driver Safety Notifications as an example of the many advantages connected truck technologies can offer truck fleets and operators.

“If we’re stuck in a fossil-fuel world in the next decade, we’ll continue to see great advances in the connected truck,” Leo says in the CCJ feature. “The industry is not waiting.”

Sandeep says smaller fleets and owner-operators are wrong to think that only larger fleets stand to gain from new technologies. With digitization (greater connectivity to various systems on the truck – not just the engine, emission controls and transmission) smaller fleets and owner-operators who embrace these technologies and prepare themselves operationally and psychologically for that vast wealth of data will be in the best position.

Leo says app-based load-matching services won’t change the traditional relationships brokers, carriers and shippers have developed. Using the real estate industry as an example, he says many companies started up with the intent of replacing the real estate broker and Multiple Listing Service with a direct connection between buyer and seller. But that still hasn’t happened yet because real estate brokers provide a valuable service. Leo says he thinks the same it true within the truck and shipping marketplace.

Leo also says truck drivers don’t need to worry about the coming of self-driving truck technologies. Self-driving trucks are still more than a decade away, plus Leo believes like drones, autonomous trucks will still require human beings to care for them while the automated systems are in operation and to take over and pilot them from time-to-time.

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