Tomorrowland – Drivewyze Connects Trucking Industry to New Innovations

Lately, it seems there’s been a lot of attention paid to truck platooning and autonomous trucks. No doubt the idea of trucks operating in tandem or autonomously is a fascinating one. However, transportation experts agree truck platooning and autonomous trucks are still many years away and will require the development of a robust vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) network. Besides, even after automated trucks hit the road delivering cargo, driver intervention will most likely still be required.

While automated trucks may not be just around the corner, our connected truck technology has already brought a transformation to an industry whose technology is seen as only slightly more advanced than that of vinyl records. Drivewyze has laid the groundwork for automated safety and compliance communication with trucks traveling at highway speeds.

Take for example – driver safety notifications. Last year, we partnered with the commission in developing a program that provides safety warnings to drivers as they approach potentially dangerous curves and congested on- and off-ramps along the toll highway. In the program’s first six months, drivers who received the warnings slowed their travel speed by 7 percent over those who did not. Nearly two dozen other states are piloting this same service at similar locations across the country.

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We first developed our connected truck technology in 2012 to offer weigh station bypass using the same wireless technology that delivers calls and data via tablets and smart phones.

For decades, weigh station bypass has been used by states to improve the productivity of their commercial vehicle enforcement officers and reduce congestion in and around weigh stations and inspection sites. It has been delivered using the same technology that allows drivers to pass by toll booths without stopping. Drivewyze, on the other hand, employs mobile technology transforming smartphones and tablets into wireless transponders, eliminating many serious limitations with transponder-based service. This means truck fleets and drivers don’t have to manage separate transponders, which for many large can generate considerable operating costs. They also don’t have to wait until new overhead transponder readers can be installed before they can obtain additional bypass opportunities.

By leveraging the Drivewyze mobile technology, states like Florida and South Dakota can offer weigh station bypass where it simply has not been possible before. That’s why the number of locations offering Drivewyze service now easily surpasses the number of locations offered by transponder-based services. Drivewyze is also the first program to offer weigh station bypass in Canada with a program established in the province of Alberta last year.

Drivewyze also allows commercial vehicle inspection officers, who already face near double-digit increases in truck traffic annually, to concentrate their enforcement efforts on those carriers that deserve the additional scrutiny and to provide bypasses to safe carriers. With our connected truck technology, CVE officers can conduct electronic vehicle inspections, which can help further improve their productivity and reduce the amount of traffic congestion in and around busy weigh stations and inspection sites. Electronic vehicle inspections could also populate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety measurement system with data from these e-inspections. Ultimately, safe carriers with insufficient data in their safety measurement system profiles to be accurately ranked will find that their safety scores will likely improve. And as they do, they will be given more bypasses.

If transponders are yesterday’s technology, mobile-based transponders represent tomorrow’s innovations, which the Drivewyze V2I network is delivering today. Plus, we have many other exciting things to come in the very near future. So, stay tuned.

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