I’ve come across a couple promising technologies that I’d like to address in this edition of Hooked Up. Among them is a scale bypass system that was developed in Canada, but isn’t yet deployed here. Drivewyze developed a system that uses the existing cellular network as well as smartphones, tablets or electronic logging devices to allow scale bypass functionality without the need for expensive infrastructure or in-cab transponders.
This makes it an appealing option for government, which traditionally would have to spend about a million bucks per site to install roadside readers. Drivers or fleet owners simply enroll in the program and install the Drivewyze app on the driver’s smartphone or tablet. It can also be integrated into some in-cab computers, such as those offered by PeopleNet. When the truck approaches a participating scale, the app wakes up and sends driver and vehicle information the inspection station. Within seconds, it displays for the driver a red or green light, indicating whether or not they’re allowed to continue on at highway speeds.
When the system is tied into the electronic logging device, it can also send the driver’s current hours-of-service status to the inspection station. Participating fleets are allowed to bypass the scales over 90% of the time, according to CEO Brian Heath. The FMCSA has estimated that it costs a carrier about $8.60 every time their trucks are pulled into the scale. Brian said Drivewyze is in talks with several Canadian provinces, and hope to have at least one on-board by the end of this year. Meanwhile, the system has been implemented at 220 inspection stations in 16 states, so cross-border Canadian fleets can join the program today and enjoy the benefits while running stateside. Look for a full report in the October issue or visit www.drivewyze.com for more.
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