In-car technology has been steadily improving. This is evidenced by car dashboards which are now loaded with different gadgets and capabilities. This kind of in-vehicle technology has not yet been adapted to most trucks, but it does not mean that trucks can’t catch the high-tech wave, too. Truckers are now using mobile technology and fleet management tools that are available on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Trucking companies are efficiently tapping into tech to manage their businesses using the following apps:
- Drivewyze – This allows drivers to legally bypass inspection sites and weight stations through agreements with commercial vehicle enforcement agencies in 38 states. Drivewyze works by gathering a truck’s safety score through a federal database. It is like a TSA pre-screening for trucks. This tool is invaluable in saving drivers a significant amount of time and fuel.
- Co-Pilot Live Truck – This tool is a voice-guided GPS navigation system that provides customized information of safe and reliable routes based on your vehicle’s size, weight, and load. The maps are downloaded and stored on your smartphone for instant access.
- Trucker Path – A lot of truckers rely on this app for vital information while driving. It gives them updated information on truck stops, available parking, weight station status, and fuel prices. It updates drivers if an upcoming weight station is open or closed, as updated by a community of more than 100,000 truck drivers.
- Weather Underground –Truckers can better prepare for road conditions with this app which features local forecasts and current conditions, customizable alerts, interactive radar, and more. It draws information from more than 200,000 personal weather stations.
- uShip Mobile – This app makes shipping easy and cheap, even for big loads. It connects customers with providers who have extra truck space. It allows truckers to find loads along their route, bid for the load, and receive automatic acceptance or decline notices.
Technology has revolutionized many industries—including trucking. The availability of different mobile device apps has made truck driving far easier and more convenient.