LOS ANGELES — The trucking industry is utilizing technology to adjust to the increasing demands of fleet owners, drivers and maintenance professionals. In fact, “Technology is creating an eco-system that will forever change the industry”, says David Seewack, CEO of FinditParts.com.
As technology is further implemented, he said, “The trucking industry is poised to see a surge in productivity, safety and profitability.”
The digital arena is becoming increasingly important is in the truck parts aftermarket, notes Seewack. “The online marketplace creates an eco-system that simplifies the fulfillment and distribution of truck and auto parts, effectively by streamlining and automating the search process for both common and obscure components. The online marketplace will continue to change the way truck parts are bought and sold.”
According to Seewack, FinditParts.com is “the largest online marketplace for heavy-duty truck parts with more than 2.5 million parts from over 1,200 manufacturers. Its visitors engage with an online eco-system that simplifies the fulfillment and distribution of truck and auto parts, effectively streamlining and automating the search process for both common and obscure components.”
Other technological advances making their way into trucking Seewack listed include:
• Automatic vehicle location units. In-cab devices that communicate location and other information via GPS satellite systems or cellular towers are widely used in trucking. A PC-based software or Internet application is used by the dispatcher or main office to send and receive information to the in-cab device. Seewack said, “AVL units are growing in popularity in the trucking industry as a way to monitor shipments and update drivers with current geographical and traffic information.”
• Apps. Now fleets can monitor fuel prices, receive signed documents from drivers in an instant and send drivers training videos while they're on the road. Drivers can see their safety scores; search for and bid on loads, get in line for truck stop showers without getting out of their cabs or take a picture of the bill of lading, or of the load, then they can add some notes, select an e-mail and the app cleans up the document and sends it to the broker or office needing the information.
• Electronic logging. This system allows drivers to input information for each stage of the shipping process into the terminal. The main office receives this data along with the GPS location of the truck simultaneously. It also allows drivers and dispatchers to pre-plan load assignments, resulting in increased productivity, and
• PrePass. PrePass uses technology that is already in wide use today to keep drivers moving through toll stations and other stopping points on the road. The PrePass conveys specific information about the driver, the truck, and the company as the truck heads into a roadside weigh station.
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