Follow That Truck!: GPS Guides Commercial Trucking

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The sight of two 18-wheeler trucks rumbling beside a small car causes panic for many drivers who fear getting hit. But truck drivers may fear a collision just as much. How would they tell their manager about the accident? How would they find a quicker route to make up for the delay and still deliver the products to the business on time? Who will help guide them?


Getting There with GPS

GPS technology has begun to guide commercial trucking fleets of various companies. Of  course, hundreds of little hand-held GPS units can’t do the job. So, business managers and government officials are trying to employ integrated GPS tracking receivers onto fleets of  18-wheelers to continuously monitor their routes as they travel through the busy state highways in order to deliver their products. While only a handful of technology companies offer fleet-wide tracking, the need for GPS on trucks is growing.


Moving Along the Road with GPS

During long road trips, trucks often encounter unexpected delays, such as weather, traffic and accidents. It can be difficult for a driver to send information to or receive information from the base in a timely manner. With GPS-enhanced trailer trucks, the system allows both sides to communicate real-time data. The base sends information that downloads into the truck’s GPS system. This allows the driver to choose another route to avoid traffic delays. To ensure safety on the road, the GPS system can even record and send to the base driver speed and safety data. To further protect the trailer and its products, the GPS can receive warning messages if the security cameras that monitor the intersections, as well as the entrance and docking bays of the destination, detect any problems.


Reaching to the Future of GPS Tracking

Integrated GPS technology offers many possibilities for the future of commercial truck fleets. Fleet transportation managers could create more efficient routes that avoid common traffic blocks. Real-time GPS updates could automatically divert routes without driver input. Most importantly, government officials could use the data collected from GPS-enabled trucks to create bridges, roads, and highways that align with the traffic patterns. That way, construction could be more efficient, thus saving costs and time for the state and the workers. Perhaps the best benefit of integrating GPS into commercial trucks is the even greater assurance that the trucks beside the car drive safely and confidently to their destination.

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