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Technology and Innovation to Advance for the Trucking Industry

Technology and Innovation to Advance for the Trucking Industry

Computing and technology is transforming the way through which transportation professionals are accessing their shipping operations and performing their duties. For instance ,GPS tracking mechanisms and sensors, which are attached to the newer models of the trucks, allow the drivers and their employers to determine how well the trucks are performing and which route to take, as well as the engine activity and driver’s performance.

In addition to the performance variables provided by the technology, it has aided in setting up a concrete system of constant communication and connectivity between the drivers and their employers, allowing them to ensure drivers’ safety and regulation sustainability.

Jim McCullough, president of Memphis-based General Truck Sales and Service said in an interview for the Daily News, “The majority of the new truck models he sold over the past couple of years were equipped with computing technology designed to connect vehicles with distribution centers. The computerization of things and digital technology has totally changed everything. The trucks communicate with us and the company and they can notify us before a failure happens.”

Moreover, the high-tech diagnostic mechanism, which were introduced under the name of “telematics”, a few years back, are now experiencing popularity and expansion due to their ability to provide the fleet enterprises with continuous and reliable connectivity options. This will help them maintain low downtime for consumer vehicles and maximum uptime. Most of the companies are now embracing technology as part of their operations and urging their drivers to attend training sessions to acquaint themselves with it.

Not only that, but truck manufacturing corporations are also actively including tech-savvy parts and comprehensive range of maintenance services in their dealership-services to create a stream-lined relationship. The OEM based connectivity doesn’t eliminate the service providers, and their roles will be enhanced according to the agreement signed between the Commercial Vehicle Solutions Network and the Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association.

Marc Karon, chairman of the Commercial Right to Repair Coalition, emphasized that the expansion in repair technologies will allow them to offer their consumers an uninterrupted service, where security or engine settings can be modified, based on the safety and emissions compliance.

However, GPS tracking is just the tip of the iceberg. System integration in the transportation management and accounting software is becoming an integral part of trucks. According to Julia Grove, senior marketing manager at SkyBitz, IT integration and supply chain visibility is becoming the top priority for most enterprises.

She further explained its importance by stating, “More technology means that fleet managers now have access to major amounts of data they can use to make decisions. From driver behavior to maintenance requests, all this information can be used to increase efficiency, lower fuel costs, enhance service offerings and improve customer service. Shipping and freight customers now expect on-demand visibility on the exact location of their assets. They want to be able to see where their products are and how long it will take for them to arrive.” – See more at:

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