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.

Transport Topics
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
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Fleets Implementing Tracking Technology to Fairly Reward Fuel-Efficient Drivers

PeopleNet Device PeopleNet device and driver (PeopleNet)

Advances in tracking technology are enabling fleets to better assess driver performance and fairly reward them for fuel-efficient driving.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 30, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100, Top 50

Investors, Fleets Back Video-Based Telematics

SmartDrive camera SmartDrive Systems

A pair of recent events helped underscore the key role video is playing in fleet operations: Lytx, a video telematics provider, received a $700 million capital infusion from private equity firms; and Penske Logistics launched a video-based safety program in 2,800 of its heavy-duty trucks in its North America operations using equipment from SmartDrive Systems.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

A Velociti technician works on in-cab technology A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 16, 2018
Business, Technology

Verizon Launches Fleet Telematics Division

The spread of fleet telematics through the trucking industry expanded with the official launch of Verizon Connect. Telecom giant Verizon Communications has put under a single brand its fleet and mobile workforce management software products.

Transport Topics
March 12, 2018