Business, Technology, Logistics

Fleets Grapple With Question: How Many Subscriptions Do We Need?

FleetPulse trailer A Great Dane trailer displays a FleetPulse advertisement at TMC's annual meeting in Atlanta, on March 5, 2018. At this October's NACV, Great Dane said it would waive subscription fees for the first three years. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Trucking executives are increasingly confronting the same proliferation of decisions that vex consumers who are shopping for online video services — to subscribe or not to subscribe?

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
November 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Perspective

Perspective: Trucking’s Telematics Systems Are Only as Good as the Losses They Prevent

Rising insurance premiums are a perennial stress for many motor carriers, many of which are now installing telematics systems with the latest safety technologies to mitigate cost increases.

September 16, 2019
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
Business, Technology, Equipment

Telematics Has a Key Role in Trucking Filtration

Telematics Telematics data does not replace a driver's knowledge and experience, one executive says. (USA Truck)

The advent of modern truck telematics has changed how fleets determine when filter or other services are needed — and when quick action is necessary to prevent potential engine damage or failure, a fleet maintenance executive said.

April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

I.D. Systems Acquires Pointer Telocation for $140 Million

Pointer telocation screen A Pointer Telocation screen. (Pointer Telocation via YouTube)

I.D. Systems Inc., a New Jersey-based tracking technology company, has acquired Pointer Telocation Ltd., an Israeli provider of telematics and mobile internet of things services, in a $140 million deal, the companies report.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Pinpointing ETAs

H&N Logistics trucks H&N Logistics uses Trimble's TruETA to show drivers how traffic, weather and where they stop for rest breaks will affect their arrival times. (H&N Logistics)

With shippers and receivers demanding tighter delivery windows, trucking companies are utilizing a range of technologies to more accurately predict when drivers will ­arrive at destinations.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
March 1, 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, Logistics

Telematics Firm Fleet Complete Gets Investment From Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Fleet Complete laptop Program allows fleets to see truck locations in real time. (Fleet Complete via Vimeo)

Fleet Complete, a Toronto-based provider of vehicle telematics and driver management software with operations in North America, Europe and Australia, has received an investment from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology

Geotab Buys EV Telematics Firm FleetCarma

Telematics provider Geotab expanded in the electric vehicle fleet arena, purchasing Waterloo, Ontario-based FleetCarma.

June 19, 2018

Opinion: The Financial Case for Technology Investment

It’s no secret that technology is rapidly changing the business of trucking. Electronic logging devices, automation, electric power and advancements in telematics are or may soon affect the way transportation companies plan, execute, compete and succeed.

Sean Maharaj | Managing Director, Transportation Logistics and Retail Practices, AArete
May 7, 2018