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January 8, 2007 10:30 AM, EST

Carriers, Drivers Embrace Mobile Tracking Technology

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When Foodliner Inc., a liquid and dry-bulk carrier based in Dubuque, Iowa, put in a mobile communications system to track the location of its trucks and monitor the performance of its drivers, corporate controller Tom Stueck said he expected some resistance.Four years later, Stueck said, “There’s not a single driver that, if you took it out, wouldn’t threaten to quit and go to another company that has it.”Support such as this among over-the-road drivers is one of the reasons in-cab communications and tracking technology — first deployed by parcel carriers to keep their expedited delivery operations running smoothly — are being adopted at an accelerated rate by virtually every type of freight carrier, according to interviews with fleet executives and industry vendors.For the full story, see the Jan. 8 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today.