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Telematics Use in Work Truck Fleets

Truck fleets can improve operational efficiency, boost driver safety, and reduce high-cost vehicle repairs by implementing telematics systems. Highlighted are some of the latest products available.

March 2011, Work Truck - Feature

by Lauren Fletcher and Grace L. Suizo

Truck fleets have differing needs and telematics requirements from car-based fleets. Various companies discuss with Work Truck their products and programs and how they are best utilized by work truck fleets.

■ GreenRoad Helps Drivers Make Smarter Decisions

GreenRoad 360 is more than telematics - it's a complete technology and services program for ongoing driver safety and fuel savings, according to the company. The result: immediate and ongoing cost savings, including lower maintenance costs and lower management overhead requirements. GreenRoad addresses the cause of crashes by improving driver decision-making on the road. Real-time feedback enables positive changes in the moment, not days later after reviewing reports or video with a manager.

At the end of 2010, GreenRoad added an idling performance solution to its overall service to help fleets further reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. The new idling management capability quickly identifies specific drivers, vehicles, or trips that negatively impact fuel performance. This customizable solution automatically identifies idling activities that are exceptions to company policy, based on client-defined policy thresholds, applying filtering to the unavoidable idling that occurs at traffic lights and stop signs.

According to GreenRoad, Engage is a fleet-proven methodology and provides risk assessment, implementation expertise, best practices, communications, and training.

GreenRoad earns the trust and confidence of drivers by providing proactive, accurate, and real-time feedback. Its self-correcting approach is non-invasive and is focused on personal responsibility, reinforcing skills, and giving drivers the tools to align their driving with company goals and guidelines, according to the company.

 With drivers making smarter driving decisions, GreenRoad reports that fleets typically reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent immediately and reduce crash costs by 50 percent within the first six months.

The in-dash NavPlus technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory.
The in-dash NavPlus technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory.

■ Kenworth & Sprint Target Mobile Connectivity

Kenworth Truck Company and Sprint have partnered to provide mobile connectivity for the Kenworth NavPlus, a PACCAR proprietary navigation and business technology system for Kenworth Class 5-8 trucks.

"As the core development partner, Sprint will integrate its advanced network connectivity into Kenworth NavPlus, which will also offer telematics, navigation, diagnostics, and business system features," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. The in-dash NavPlus technology system utilizes a high-resolution, 7-inch color screen and 8 gigabytes of memory. Together, navigation and business systems will be provided with vehicle connectivity services for drivers to easily and safely use while traveling. When a truck is not in motion, the driver will be able to access the Internet and send and receive e-mails to enhance communications with dispatchers, logistics providers, and shippers. The Sprint connectivity service is available as an option.

NavPlus also includes hands-free phoning with Bluetooth, back-up camera options, vehicle data, and audio controls. When launched in 2011, Kenworth NavPlus will become standard on Kenworth trucks with all premium interior trim offerings and on diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. The system will also be available as an upgrade on any Kenworth standard trim package. NavPlus was developed on the Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive 7 software platform.

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