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Technology and the Trucking Industry

The trucking industry uses more technology than ever before. Technology helps truckers avoid traffic collisions in Homestead and other cities and helps save money on fuel. There are many types of technology that truckers and truck carriers rely on, including:

1) GPS.

Ubiquitous in regular cars and trucks, GPS allows truck drivers and delivery drivers to find their destinations, even in unfamiliar areas. The technology also means less time spent looking at maps and more time focusing on the road.

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2) Onboard sensors.

Onboard sensors in trucks can detect everything from cars in no zones to tire pressure problems, allowing truckers to get more of the information they need to drive safely. Truckers also rely on sensors to check engine performance, fuel consumption, and other information. This data is sent back to dispatch and permits for two-way communication so that the trip is not only more efficient but safer.

3) Navigation systems.

Specific track navigation systems allow real-time data about road conditions, the best lanes, congested areas, routing information, traffic data, and more. This allows truckers to make the best decisions possible so they get to their destinations on time and stay safer. With this technology, truck drivers can avoid congested intersections and other problems.

4) Electronic logging devices (ELD).

Unlike traditional log books of years past ELDs automatically monitor driving times and rest stops. This helps ensure that truckers obey Hours Of Service laws set by the federal government and also ensures that truck carriers are warned when and if their drivers exceed safe limits for hours on the road.

5) Automatic fuel payment.

Some truck stops are using radio frequency (RFID) pay systems at the pumps. Each truck can attach a small RFIF tag to the windshield, which can turn the fuel pump on and off and pay for the fuel without the trucker having to leave cab or do much else. This saves a lot of time and provides the most accurate payment information for the driver and truck stop. It can also help prevent pollution and fuel loss caused by idling.

6) Mobile apps.

Mobile apps help provide truckers with better roadside service as well as other options for contacting dispatch, the truck carrier, and insurance company. These apps can do everything from track response times to gather signatures upon delivery.

It is likely that in the future technology will become even more ubiquitous in the trucking and transportation industry. In fact, safety experts claim that eventually technology will replace human truckers as autonomous or driverless trucks and cars become more popular. From making highways safer to reducing fuel waste and inefficiencies, technology promises a great deal.

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