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Big Rigs, Big Data The Role Of Technology In Modern Trucking

Big Rigs, Big Data The Role Of Technology In Modern Trucking

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One of the most amazing professions is trucking, as you drive to various destinations and enjoy the views. Truckers also love the satisfaction of keeping economies going by supplying all the resources people need. Trucks have dominated global supply chains and economies for decades, making them significant for economic growth and progress.

As life and economies change to adopt technology, the trucking industry is also changing by integrating technology into various functions.

Today, technology is nearly the backbone and the background factor that facilitates and helps with the movement of trucks on roads. The trucking industry has adopted technology in road monitoring, safety, tracking, route management, delivery timing, etc.

To ensure efficiency within the sectors, different technologies are currently integrated into trucks and logistic offices to manage the trucks. As a result of these technologies, big data is currently transforming the sector in various ways.

Some of them are:

1. Road Updates Country-Wide

Most truckers drive blindly around major roads, which is why some tend to get into accidents caused by bad weather.

Driving blindly without any news and updates about the road ahead can also lead to delays, especially if you drive into road congestion or closure. To avoid all these inconveniences, the secret is to stay informed about all the relevant and latest news about routes ahead.

Every truck driver must master the art of getting the latest news and information, especially when going on long trips. The updates are significant for the tucker to know what is ahead and then make the necessary adjustments. Most truckers tend to rely on truck driver news on radio stations for updates; however, this may not be accurate. Truckers can get reliable and updated news from websites and apps accessible globally.

2. Using Technology for Route Optimization

Whether driving company trucks or your truck, you need to install a GPS-enabled device and the latest tracking system. The purpose of trackers is not to track your location and movement but to help you schedule your routes.

Whenever you drive around the country, ensure all the route history and data are collected and stored on the cloud. Later on, you can use the analytics systems integrated into the tracking software to get all the route details.

With this data, you can optimize your routes to select the shortest route to your destination. Eventually, this helps you to save time and arrive on time ahead of other truckers. In the trucking industry, time matters and is one of the metrics to measure excellent services to your clients.

Therefore, impress them with your diligence and win more contracts to expand your business.

3. Cost Management and Reduction

One of the ways to ensure your trucking costs remain lower is to have all the tracking data and history analyzed and stored on the cloud. Data analytics is critical for your cost-saving strategies. For instance, the route optimization capabilities can help you keep your fuel costs lower since you use the shortest route to the tour destination.

Next, ensure the GPS tracker has other features optimized and updated. These features include safety features like alarms and notifications. They help you avoid reckless driving, i.e., you do not exceed the speed limit or engage in over-braking.

With all these cautions, you are likely to preserve the movable parts in your vehicle, reducing the need for frequent repairs.

As your safety records improve, your insurance premiums will also change. Trucks with a higher safety record are likely to pay less for their trucks since the risks are lower. Finally, since the GPS tracker records the distance covered, you will get notifications about upcoming services and repairs based on the mileage.

Strict services and check-up routines are ideal for extending the truck’s lifespan and boosting your safety records.

4. Using Technolgy for Trucking Safety

Another common use of technology for long-distance trucks is to ensure track and driver safety. For such trips, the driver should drive for a certain period, duration, and rest, hence the need for the tracker to monitor all these data remotely.

Whenever the engine is off and on, the tracker can send a notification about the location of the truck and for how long the engine was off. This helps you to monitor how long the driver was resting before resuming.

Also, install dashcams on your trucks to help the driver monitor road situations and any accidents.

Constant traffic news and updates can also help drivers avoid snowy, muddy, or damaged roads, which can easily lead to truck accidents. Finally, ensure the speed limit features are installed so that the truck does not exceed the road limits, which may lead to accidents.

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5. Commodity Safety

Cases of truck hijacking and theft are on the rise on major roads, hence the need to ensure safety while transporting precious commodities like cars.

Installing a truck is ideal for tracking the movement of the trucks while transporting cargo. With a truck GPS tracker, you can use features like georeferencing to limit the movement of trucks within designated routes and areas.

Wherever the truck takes a detour, you get an instant alert enabling you to take the necessary measures and precautions.

The tracker features like live location and recordings can also help monitor drivers’ behaviors to avoid accidents that could lead to cargo damage. Whenever the truck overspeeds or engages in other road misconduct like swerving and over-braking, you get a notification. You can then call the driver to ensure they are alert and abide by road safety.


As a trucker, ensure you have a subscription for the latest trucking news to ensure you are updated about the conditions ahead.

Also, spend on other techs like GPS trackers, dashcams and speed limits to help you accomplish other trucking activities.

With all these technologies, you can improve safety records, improve delivery services, save costs and ensure all the commodities arrive at the destination safely.

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