December 18, 2020 4:00 PM, EST

TMC to Back Survey of Trailer Owners’ Use of Intelligence Products

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American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council announced it will underwrite a new research effort aimed at evaluating trailer owners’ adoption of intelligence products and services that are becoming increasingly available throughout the industry.

The eSMARTT Trailer Survey of rental/lease companies is scheduled to begin in January.

It will conclude with a summary report presented during TMC’s 2021 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition, scheduled for April 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.


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ESMARTT is a newly formed collaboration between Business Accelerants in Sherwood, Ore., and WillGo Transportation Consulting in Petoskey, Mich.

“By examining data and opinions across the major trucking and trailer-owning segments, eSMARTT will help the industry chart a faster, more efficient transition to the fully integrated intelligent trailer of the future, enhancing safety, maintainability and readiness for the North American trucking industry,” TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell said in a release.

The eSMARTT Trailer Survey is intended to focus on:

  • Currently deployed intelligent trailer products and brand preferences.
  • Future plans for additional product offerings.
  • Rental/lease customer feedback and guidance, and rental/leasing company views on retrofitting existing trailers.
  • Powering intelligence systems in an untethered status.
  • Tractor/trailer connectivity issues.
  • Matching rapidly changing technology with 20-plus year assets, and calculating return on investment on their technology purchases.

Further detailed and customized reports will be made available to interested parties through TMC. —Transport Topics

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