Business, Technology

E-Smart Targets Better Tractor-Trailer Connectivity

E-Smart CEO Mathieu Boivin E-Smart CEO Mathieu Boivin at an industry show in early 2020. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Trucking technology supplier E-Smart, which offers capabilities such as adaptive speed control and load-based power management, also is pursuing opportunities to connect truck and trailer data.

Gregory Van Tighem | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Lower Your Fleet Insurance Costs with Video Telematics

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In its latest survey on the top issues confronting trucking, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), identified rising insurance as an emerging issue. Since 2013, per ATRI data, fleets surveyed have been walloped by insurance premium costs that have jumped over 17%. However, in a study from C.J. Driscoll & Associates, 31% of operators got a break on insurance rates thanks to fleet telematics, which can not only facilitate the exoneration innocent drivers but also help fleet managers identify and coach risky drivers. Learn from leading industry experts as they delve into how integrated smart cameras can help mitigate rising fleet insurance costs.

November 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Integrated, Connected Technology Gaining Speed

Sopariwala Chintan Sopariwala of Navistar (Transport Topics)

The data underpinning equipment and freight deliveries carries many benefits for fleets willing to integrate factory-installed telematics, service communications and fleet management solutions into a useful stream of data, experts said Oct. 22 during American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Telematics Strengthens Communication Between Delivery Driver and Dispatch

Ford Transit As this Ford Transit makes a delivery, telematics is helping fleets keep up with efficient productivity as well as regular maintenance. (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

Last-mile delivery for any fleet operation — big or small — is only as efficient as the communication between the driver and dispatch.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

A Lesson in Idling

child in car seat The precious cargo: Mikale and his "blankie." (Michael Freeze/Transport Topics)

I was presented the opportunity to drive the 2020 Ford Transit for a week.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
October 9, 2020
Business, Technology

With Workers Shifting to Home Offices, IT Investments Help Keep Freight Moving

Working from home with dog Working from home, perhaps with a canine companion, has become the new normal since the coronavirus began shutting down work places in March. (South_agency/Getty Images)

The need to shift back-office employees to remote work only added to the strain on fleets and third-party logistics providers.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
September 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trailer-Tracking Unit Furthers VHub Telematics Integration

Francis Roy Francis Roy by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Digital asset-sharing platform vHub announced that its integration of telematics offerings now includes the TrackLight taillamp GPS trailer-tracking solution from Anytrek and the 4W Telematics trailer tracking system.

July 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety

Some Fleets Turn to Cameras to Help Mitigate Rising Insurance Costs

Lytx SF300 DriveCam event recorder in a truck cab Onboard video can protect fleets from litigation, vendors say. (Lytx)

Many trucking companies have installed cameras in their vehicles as a way to coach drivers and avoid protracted litigation, but onboard video also can help address rising insurance costs in the transportation industry.

Hilary Daninhirsch | Special to Transport Topics
May 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Taking Truck Technology Mainstream

Nikola Two The Nikola Two tractor on display at CES. Nikola has partnered with Ryder System for maintenance and distribution of its zero-emissions trucks. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Highlighting the role of technology in freight transportation could broaden the industry’s appeal to a new generation of workers and entrepreneurs who just might consider careers in this essential business.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020

How Fleets Can Use Telematics to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

How Fleets Can Use Telematics to Protect Vulnerable Road Users

In this MiX Telematics white paper, we look at the challenges faced by vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, why it needs to be a focus for fleets and how telematics can help make roads safer for all.

February 1, 2020