HDT Features Drivewyze in Year-Long Trucking in the 21st Century Series

Over the last year, several members of Heavy Duty Trucking’s editorial staff have continued their year-long 10-part series look at trucking in the 21st Century. The series reports on the various transformative technologies sweeping through the North American trucking industry.

That series began with editor-in-chief Deborah Lockridge’s cover story of the same name – and a truck tech column written by senior editor Jack Roberts called “The Future Revealed.” (Before he started his HDT gig last year, Jack lent a hand to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency with a few of their connected vehicle projects including a confidence report on two-truck platooning. For that report, Jack spoke with our director of marketing – Doug Johnson about how V2I communication systems are among the building blocks for platooning.

In their reports, Deborah and Jack concluded that truck and fleet operators should really get to know all about this new wave of technologies that’s changing the trucking industry so they can ride it.

“…(T)he OEMs and suppliers that give fleets the (technological) tools they need to deliver goods faster, cheaper and more efficiently will be financially rewarded – as will the fleets that adopt and master all the technology that will be mandatory from a competitive standpoint very, very soon,” Jack wrote. In observing live demonstrations of autonomous trucks in coordinated applications like platooning, he said it sure doesn’t take long to see how this new transformative future for truck-based logistics is taking shape.

In the seventh part of that series called “Smart Trucks Have Already Arrived,” which was published in the September issue, Jack wrote about smart, connected trucks and how they “will revolutionize virtually every aspect of fleet operations.” For that report, he spoke with our company’s chief operating officer – Leo Jolicouer. Leo told him that “trucks are evolving into rolling information hubs with massive potential as members of a fully meshed, nationwide or even worldwide communication network.”

Leo said there’s going to be a lot more sensors on things other than the vehicle’s engine and drivetrain.

“Very soon, we’re going to see sensors on drivers, on freight itself, in reefers monitoring cargo temperatures and on exhaust systems measuring emissions,” he told Jack. “Very quickly, the information collected and transmitted by trucks will make our roads safer and traffic flow more efficient — with full transparency of a shipment from all perspectives. The shipper, the fleet, the driver, law enforcement and municipalities, and borders and customs officials en route to the receiver will know any aspect of a shipment in real time.”

And more recently, in the ninth part of their series, “Which Way to the Smart Highway,” HDT executive editor David Cullen looked at how intelligent roadways will interact with those smart, connected trucks. David reported how vehicle-to-vehicle or V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure or V2I are the two communication technologies that form the basis of smart highways and smart cars and trucks. David mentioned several various V2V and V2I projects that have started or are just about to get started. One of those projects is our in-cab safety speed advisory notification system for truck drivers that we’ve piloted on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as an added service to PreClear.

With Driver Safety Notifications, truck drivers get these in-cab alerts as they come up to the curves and ramps on the Pennsylvania Turnpike where they should go slower than the posted speed limit. David pointed out how we’re looking at starting other V2I solutions like e-inspections where carriers would get these partial CSA credits if they give law enforcement their drivers’ hours of service, inspection reports and other carrier safety information as their drivers approach the weigh stations.High Rollover Zone on ELD

Doug Johnson also told David how the Drivewyze platform is the largest vehicle-to-infrastructure safety network in the world. It connects software in trucks to roadside infrastructure and public and private infrastructure in other places.

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