Five Ways Big Data, Analytics Are Transforming the Trucking Industry

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-09-24

Think the trucking industry isn't innovative? Think again. Today's buses, cement mixers, ambulances and more are hitting the highways, equipped with telematics systems and electronic control modules that regulate the vehicles' engine and other components. Mobile connectivity delivers a wealth of data from these systems, in real time, both to truck drivers and to the fleet managers who oversee vehicles' day-to-day operations. Using advanced analytics capabilities, truck fleets can gain insights from this data that can benefit their business operations in many ways, ranging from increased on-time delivery to improved fuel economy and beyond. Thanks to growing big data infrastructure and the increased reporting frequency of telematics devices, fleets will be able to capture an increasing wealth of data and generate an exponentially greater volume of insights, which will lead to safer, more efficient and productive driving. In an industry where the ability to make money can directly relate to the ability to stay on the road and avoid downtime, it's becoming increasingly imperative for trucking fleets to take advantage of advanced diagnostics systems and the mobile capabilities that report on vehicles' status. According to Andy Minteer, director of Analytics—Internet of Things at International Trucks, these technologies are empowering closer working relationships among manufacturers, dealers, technology suppliers and truck fleets and improving vehicle performance in multiple ways.


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