October 30, 2019 12:15 AM, EDT

Truck-Lite’s Road Ready Adds Cargo Volume Meter

Truck-Lite's Robert RichardTruck-Lite's Robert Richard by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

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ATLANTA — Truck-Lite Co. has added a volumetric cargo system to its Road Ready trailer telematics offerings, the company told reporters at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show on Oct. 29.

The system works by dividing a trailer into zones, depending on its size, and employing up to five cargo sensors that work in conjunction, according to Robert Richard, general manager of the Road Ready division of Truck-Lite, a telematics and lighting company based in Falconer, N.Y.

Each sensor simultaneously reports how much freight is loaded into each zone, allowing fleets to see whether there is any cargo space that is not being used.

Cargo volume from the new system will appear on the Road Ready user interface. Fewer sensors can be used on smaller trailers or bodies, according to the company.

“Knowing whether a trailer’s capacity is fully utilized allows for better decision-making, overall efficiency, and Road Ready is the first system that has been able to answer the transportation industry’s growing demand for this technology,” Richard told a gathering of reporters at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show here.

Richard said Road Ready’s new cargo system gives fleets complete transparency into their trailers and helps them get the most out of their available space.

The data is transmitted via a single antenna, and can be added as a specification from several trailer manufacturers, Richard said. The display tells dispatchers if the trailer is, for example, 60% full, or 40% full.

The service will be available as a subscription, and is a cloud-based technology.

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