So you think trucking hasn’t evolved since the Smokey and Bandit era of CV radios (and serious mustaches?) Well, think again. The trucking industry is becoming increasingly innovative to connect fleet managers to drivers. In many ways implementing more technology-focused initiatives with analytics use data to gain insight into the normal business flow so that they can better calculate delivery times schedules, improve fuel economy and more.
These days companies are using their massive amounts of information they’re pulling through telematics devices to build closer ties between manufacturers, dealers, truck fleets, and suppliers. However, in order for this new wave of monitoring performance and making improvements, you only can reach full success if you’re part of a company willing to take full advantage of the advanced diagnostic systems and mobile connection that can relay information about a vehicles’ status.
Here are some ways that prove the future is nigh in the transportation industry according to Eweek:
To avoid unplanned downtime, drivers and managers can get notified about potential issues before they even occur. This way both sides can receive notifications on their computers, email, through text message, and other devices.
Over-the-Air engine reprogramming
You know how your computer or cell phone run software updates regularly? Well, engines also benefit from getting recalibrated frequently. And soon, you will be able to update your engine with over-the-air engine reprogramming. Or, in other words, your engine can be readjusted without even touching it. This way, you will be able to adjust your engine for different needs such as if you are hauling heavier loads or needing to drive mountainous roads so that you can potentially gain fuel efficiency without scheduling service visits.
Truck health reports
Implementing remote diagnostics systems can give fleet owners the opportunity to examining the operational health of their rigs as well as better understand how severe mechanical issues are to take action to most effectively get them up to code. By using tracking on vehicle health, there will be a way easier process for scheduling planned downtime for maintenance and avoid needing to service their trucks during times of use. This ultimately, would improve overall productivity for the company.
When I say “environment tracking” I don’t mean anything having to do with saving the planet. I mean more about using movil data to get real-time access of upcoming traffic issues, weather patterns, truck stops nearby, hotels on the way and more. This way drivers are saved hassle sitting through rush-hour messes, can be weary of approaching hazardous weather conditions, don’t need to be on the constant prowl for lodging and can gain access to the nearest destination for maintenance or repairs needed. All and all, these can save the uptime.
Checking vehicle data can explain which behaviors are bad for fuel economy. Things like excessive idle time, rapid acceleration and harsh breaking are all things that will be taken into account so that you are able to select the vehicle specifications precisely tailored to make your truck more fuel efficient.