Katie Pyzyk

Business, Technology

Next Generation of Wireless Technology: 5G Holds Promise

Trailer tracking via wireless networks Fleets rely on wireless networks to track drivers’ hours, cargo status and many other metrics. (PowerFleet via Vimeo)

As trucking increasingly incorporates digital elements, a pressing question grows: What can 5G do for the industry? A lot, as it turns out.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
May 22, 2020
Business, Safety

Fleets Can Support Drivers’ Mental Health Through Awareness, Communication

Trucker looking out window More than 17 million American adults experience depression, and truckers are about twice as likely to experience it, according to Kirleen Neely, psychotherapist and CEO at San Antonio-based Logistics Mental Health. (Getty Images)

Truck drivers sometimes bear the image of being “tough” and impervious to emotional stresses, a perception that doesn’t always lend itself to open discussions about mental health. But truckers and their employers are working to change that image.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 13, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Parsing Data to Better Understand Risk

Trimble analytics image Software developers offer applications to help fleets improve not only safety, but also driver retention. (Trimble Inc.

Dozens of data sets go into using predictive analytics to determine a truck driver’s risk of being in an accident.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Turn to Predictive Analytics to Prevent Crashes, Reduce Driver Turnover

SambaSafety analytics Steve Bryan, executive vice president and general manager of SambaSafety, said the company in recent years has developed an expertise in AI, machine learning and analytics. Bryan founded Vigillo, which SambaSafety acquired in 2017. (SambaSafety)

A trucking company’s success and reputation depend directly on its drivers’ safety performance, but it’s not so easy to determine which drivers are most likely to be involved in a crash or incur a safety infraction.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Preparing New Technicians for Success

Ryder technician works on truck Ryder System has instituted four status levels for its 6,300 technicians. (Terry Townsend )

Diesel technician jobs are becoming more high-tech and specialized as truck manufacturers progressively adopt digital componentry. The profession is suffering from a worker deficit, and fleets find themselves hiring recruits fresh from technician school.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
January 24, 2020