How Big Data Is Changing Long-Haul Trucking

On a long stretch of highway, a semi-trailer sends a message to a trucking company that the truck’s refrigeration unit is warming up. Before the temperature in the trailer has a chance to affect the product being transported, the company notifies the truck driver of where to get it fixed, keeping the truck’s contents from being ruined.

Back at company headquarters, trucking experts connect with drivers on the road who are trying to improve fuel economy. In a series of phone conversations, they work together to diagnose equipment problems or improve driving habits, allowing drivers to make fewer fuel stops.
These are just two examples of how big data and trucking have intersected for early adopters like C.R. England Inc., one of the largest for-hire motor carriers in the country.

by Erin Richey

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Things to Know About the Trucking Industry

Run-off-road, rear-end and lane change maneuvers account for 23, 28, and 9 percent of highway accidents, respectively, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The NHTSA advocates the installation of vehicle collision avoidance technologies to help prevent these types of accidents. If electronic stability control systems were installed on the U.S. fleet of commercial tractor trailer combination units, these systems could prevent an estimated 4,659 crashes each year, the NHTSA says.

Source: Insurance Journal