Stephen Bennett

Business, Technology

Android’s Rise in Trucking

Omnitracs Intelligent Vehicle Gateway unit Omnitracs plans to convert its latest in-cab system, the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, to the Android mobile operating system. (Omnitracs)

The mobile device revolution has dramatically altered telematics and mobile communications in the trucking industry as technology suppliers have introduced an ever-expanding array of business applications for smartphones and tablets.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
May 24, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

With ELD Rollout in Rearview Mirror, Focus Turns to Fleet Management

Driver using Trimble e-log device With e-log devices now installed in nearly all longhaul trucks, vendors are adding fleet management features to their products. (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

The telematics-for-trucking market experienced a dramatic explosion in growth over the past three years, driven primarily by the federally mandated rollout of electronic logging devices across most of the longhaul trucking sector. Now that the industry has made that transition to electronic logs, the telematics market is bound to undergo a shakeout because there are more ELD suppliers than the industry needs.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
February 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Fuel, Maintenance Among Many Variables for Total Cost of Ownership Calculations

A Freightliner Cascadia sleeper A Freightliner Cascadia equipped with a sleeper berth on display this year. Driver experience has become as important as any element of TCO, company officials say. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Carriers aiming to answer this question — how much did that truck truly cost? — must weigh a range of factors to arrive at a “total cost of ownership.” The factors considered might differ from one operator to the next, but the basic considerations tend to be the same, fleet managers and truck manufacturers said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Sunsetting of Older Wireless Networks Will Force Fleets to Replace Hardware

in-cab communication Fleets soon will need to replace in-cab communications and tracking systems that rely on 2G and 3G (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

Wireless service is changing, and so the trucking technologies that rely on it must change, too, vendors of communications and tracking systems said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

The Integration Challenge

Man tracking fleets on two monitors To efficiently manage their operations, fleets are integrating their back-office software with in-cab communications and trailer tracking systems. (TMW Systems)

The cloud computing services offered by businesses such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure have made integration easier to accomplish. But there's a catch: The task of integrating systems “is never-ending,” technology executives say.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ELDs: Data-Driven Trucking

Data-Driven Trucking MiX Telematics

The government-mandated use of electronic logging devices hasn’t just replaced paper logbooks; it also has marked a major step forward for technology adoption and the use of data in trucking.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
August 24, 2018
Government, Technology

Fleets Look to Predictive Analytics

predictive analytics photo illustration Getty Images

The term “predictive analytics” is becoming increasingly familiar within the trucking industry as fleets look to make better use of the data collected by their back-office and onboard systems.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
March 23, 2018
Business, Technology

Cloud-Based Computing Gains Traction in Trucking

The transition to cloud-based computing in the trucking industry is accelerating as carriers realize the cost savings and operational efficiencies that can be achieved, technology experts said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
December 11, 2017
Technology, Autonomous

Automated Driving Puts Added Emphasis on Cybersecurity for Connected Trucks

As commercial trucks become increasingly connected to the internet, concerns about vehicle cybersecurity are growing, particularly with the trucking industry continuing its push toward more advanced automated driving systems.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
June 16, 2017
Technology, Business

Trouble Codes + Telematics

Navistar Inc.

Troubleshooting dysfunctional trucks from afar through the use of remote diagnostics can help carriers better manage their equipment, reduce vehicle downtime and cut maintenance costs, but sifting through all of that fault code data can be a challenge, several fleet maintenance managers said.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
April 21, 2017