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Drivewyze adds 22 Florida inspection stations to bypass service

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Equipment, Featured, Technology

  Drivewyze has added 22 agricultural inspection stations in Florida to its PreClear bypass service. The new sites join its 440 weigh stations and inspection sites in 33 states across the country. Drivewyze recently reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement (OALE) allowing qualified carriers to bypass the Florida agriculture interdiction sites using Drivewyze PreClear. The OALE will allow qualified fleets to bypass agriculture inspection sites through the mobile inspection site bypass service. Drivewyze already began offering truck fleets and operators weigh station bypass service at 19 fixed interstate locations in Florida last year. “The agricultural site bypasses are delivered as part of the standard Drivewyze bypass service,” said Drivewyze president Brian Heath. “There’s no additional sign-up process, and no lengthy paperwork or extra fees required.” All carriers that...

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New Study on Clean Diesel Technology Affirms Near-Zero Emissions, No Significant Health Impact

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Technology

  The group issued the following statement regarding the final report of the multi-year Advanced Collaborative Emissions Study (ACES) conducted by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute (HEI). “HEI conducted the independent study of new technology diesel engines to determine whether the engines achieved the expected emissions reductions, thereby improving air quality for public health, as well as whether the new technologies resulted in any unintended increases in emission components.” “The study concluded that exposure to new technology diesel exhaust does not cause any increase in the risk of lung cancer or other significant adverse health effects in study animals.” “The significance of this study and its conclusions cannot be overstated,” said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “The results of this new study verify the environmental benefits of the new clean diesel technology, which have...

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New App to Help Offset Deadheading

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Technology

  Here’s how it works: ComFreight is accessible from any smart phone, tablet or device with a data connection. Freight matching on the platform is done by allowing carriers and logistics companies who are using the system to setup customizable alerts for finding freight on or within range of specific lanes and within specific weight and lengths of loads within time windows specified by the users. The users only get alerted if loads match up to their capacity posts in the system if they match all of their parameters for the user’s capacity or available trucks. “The goal here is to help the smaller trucking company or carrier find loads ahead of time and easily setup visibility for existing capacity or free capacity they know they will have in the future and match these spaces up to loads in...

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SmartDrive Systems doubles growth in 2014

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 in Equipment, Safety, Technology

    SmartDrive Systems announced record growth in 2014. Growth in its fiscal third quarter, which it just concluded, exceeded 130 percent year over year. Headquartered in San Diego, the company offers a video-based risk management program for commercial vehicles and transit agencies that is designed to reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency. In Nov., 2014, CCJ was granted an exclusive visit to SmartDrive’s headquarters. In making the announcement, SmartDrive attributed growth in 2014, which included an expansion of its customer base by 45 percent, to its continued product innovation, strategic partnerships and customer acquisitions across a number of key vertical markets. Launched in 2004, SmartDrive says it has stayed focused on identifying unsafe driving and preventing collisions from happening in the future with an open data platform that identifies driving risk, captures video, vehicle, audio and driving data and automatically offloads that video for...

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The next big wave: how video and data will transform trucking

Posted on Nov 23, 2014 in Technology

  Four large rooms full of cubicles join at the center of SmartDrive’s 25,000 sq.-foot office in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley neighborhood like the wings of a butterfly. Employees call this central area the “truckstop.” This is no ordinary meeting area or break room. Anyone that passes by to grab a cup of coffee or snack can see that what they do in their cubicles ends up in the adjoining Configuration Room, and from there, goes into trucks all over the nation to increase safety and save lives. The Configuration Room is visible through large glass windows. In here, racks are filled with SmartDrive devices that will soon be installed in vehicles. These recording devices and integration hubs are tested for quality and provisioned for specific customers before being shipped out. SmartDrive has devices installed in refuse haulers, Class...

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A 360 degree scanner for trucks

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 in Equipment, Technology

  Here’s an interesting concept: a 360 degree scanning system that warns the drivers of commercial vehicles if pedestrians or bicyclists are in any of the blind spots surrounding their trucks. Sweden’s Volvo Trucks developed and is now in the midst of testing just such a system in Europe, with Carl Johan Almqvist – traffic and product safety director for the OEM – noting that this technology “works much like the human mind,” allowing trucks to “interpret” its environment and suggest actions to avoid any incidents. “Unprotected road users such as pedestrians and cyclists are especially vulnerable in urban areas where a lot of large vehicles move around,” he explained. “Now this technology enables a vehicle to ‘see’ its complete surroundings and feed information to the driver on how to avoid accidents … receiving information via sensors, radars and...

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