Now They're Talking About "smart" Trailers

Topic 26507 | Page 3

Page 3 of 4 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:
Banks's Comment
member avatar

Considering the other aspects of smart technology that could be implemented in trailers besides cameras, we may see some of them soon. Would shippers like Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, or UPS install 3G cellular devices on the trailers? They already scan every package going into a trailer allowing the customer to see where the package is at a given time. Amazon already has this kind of tracking on the blue vans used for Amazon Now deliveries.

Two of my personal vehicles have a device called Automatic Pro (old version 3G no contract), that allows me to see where the vehicle is, where it has been. I also get notifications if the vehicle is in an accident, jack rabbit starts, or hard brakes. I installed them for different reasons, one was to track a 16-year-old and the other was to turn on automatic lights, adjust temperature at home before I arrive.

DaveW's post references gateways, devices, security, and analytics near the end. If the trailer had a small 3G box on the rooftop that connected to a door sensor, temperature sensor, and position sensor, it would feed a lot of information back to the shipper. I see something like that happening in the near future. Customers love to track their packages. I use Informed Delivery from the Post Office to see what is coming to my mailbox. If only I could see how far away my mail lady is with that package.

Individuals love to track their packages. Freight costumers usually only check if you're late and they do it by calling dispatch. If you have freight going from California to NJ, It's not going from hub to hub like FedEx does it's just going straight there. And being able to track that freight in real time online is a safety hazard.

All of these things cost money. At a time when freight rates are low and companies are competing with each other, it's an unnecessary expense.

Trucks already have the safety features you mentioned. Companies are made aware if you're speeding, have a hard stop or if you're tailgating. That has a ROI.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jan P.'s Comment
member avatar

Why do you all get so upset and defensive about any new technology?

The world is changing get on board or get left behind. And I just find instead of having and open discussion it gets so defensive all the time now.

Banks's Comment
member avatar

Why do you all get so upset and defensive about any new technology?

The world is changing get on board or get left behind. And I just find instead of having and open discussion it gets so defensive all the time now.

Nobody is upset or defensive about technology. The conversation was about cameras. They're a distraction and ineffective, that's my opinion. Nothing about that says I'm upset or being defensive. Back up cameras have been around for at least a decade. If they were worth the investment in a tractor trailer, don't you think a company would be all over that already? Think about all of the technology in tractors already. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, they beep when you signal and something is next to you, they tell you how many seconds ahead the car in front of you is. I'm all for all of that, but I'm against cameras.

Rob D.'s Comment
member avatar

Why do you all get so upset and defensive about any new technology?

The world is changing get on board or get left behind. And I just find instead of having and open discussion it gets so defensive all the time now

It's the "change the world" overselling of technology that I thinks offends people.

I knew someone who paid $1,000 for a high end VCR in 1979. The only time he used the sophisticated technology of the VCR was to show it off to people.

Microwave ovens are another "change the world" technology that didn't. Despite the claims that it would replace your oven, it didn't.

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Glad you are serious Southern Dad.

Looking forward to discussing topics relevant to your schooling and training.

Old School's Comment
member avatar
The world is changing get on board or get left behind.

Jan, you've been telling us this for quite some time now. Somehow we're still in the game. Yet somehow you're convinced we're just a bunch of cavemen.

Brett Aquila's Comment
member avatar

Whatever happened to the promise that everything would have an RFID tag on it and I could push my entire shopping cart full of groceries through the scanner at one time? They promised that like 20 years ago. My grocery folks still have to scan barcodes. That's so 1970's...literally! They introduced barcodes in 1974.

Brett Aquila's Comment
member avatar

Whatever happened to the promise that everything would have an RFID tag on it and I could push my entire shopping cart full of groceries through the scanner at one time? They promised that like 20 years ago. My grocery folks still have to scan barcodes. That's so 1970's...literally! They introduced barcodes in 1974.

There ya go, Jan. Answer that one for us. And let all the grocery stores know they're getting left behind, would ya?

G-Town's Comment
member avatar

Old School wrote:

Southern Dad, I know it sounds like we're afraid of technology, but we're far from that. What we're afraid of is not being focused on what matters during critical moments.

Ditto... I agree totally with Old School's reply.

I was being totally honest with you SD (and not upset "Jan")...in 6+ years I have never once wished I had a camera perched on the end of my trailer. And if you (or Jan) believe I am anti-technology, please read my profile. Not so at all. But I am pragmatic, practical and realistic when it comes to this sort of thing.

SD I can only speak for Walmart (because I run NE Dedicated for them), they have smart technology on all of their trailers...to the point if I enter an invalid trailer # while sending status macros, their system knows I am under a trailer with a number that doesn't match the number I entered. It knows when the door is opened and closed...if I am looking for a trailer # at the DC and can't find it? All I need to-do is flag down a spotter and they can pull up an overhead satellite view of the entire property and tell me exactly where the trailer is located. I am sure a variety of other data is also captured and transmitted.

I have several pics I can share...will post when I have a moment later on tonight.

Auggie69's Comment
member avatar

I love technology. My house is loaded with smart home technology. Even my chicken house is smart. Trailers have added skirts and tails to get better mpg. Monitors for 4 wheelers to see ahead is an excellent idea. Another great idea is a camera that transmits to the driver, like RVs have.

One of the trucks I drive has this. When you turn on the right turn signal a camera on that side turns on and displays an image down the right side of the truck and into the next lane.

Page 3 of 4 Previous Page Next Page Go To Page:

New Reply:

New! Check out our help videos for a better understanding of our forum features

Bold
Italic
Underline
Quote
Photo
Link
Smiley
Links On TruckingTruth


example: TruckingTruth Homepage



example: https://www.truckingtruth.com
Submit
Cancel
Upload New Photo
Please enter a caption of one sentence or less:

Click on any of the buttons below to insert a link to that section of TruckingTruth:

Getting Started In Trucking High Road Training Program Company-Sponsored Training Programs Apply For Company-Sponsored Training Truck Driver's Career Guide Choosing A School Choosing A Company Truck Driving Schools Truck Driving Jobs Apply For Truck Driving Jobs DOT Physical Drug Testing Items To Pack Pre-Hire Letters CDL Practice Tests Trucking Company Reviews Brett's Book Leasing A Truck Pre-Trip Inspection Learn The Logbook Rules Sleep Apnea
Done
Done

0 characters so far - 5,500 maximum allowed.
Submit Preview

Preview:

Submit
Cancel

Join Us!

We have an awesome set of tools that will help you understand the trucking industry and prepare for a great start to your trucking career. Not only that, but everything we offer here at TruckingTruth is 100% free - no strings attached! Sign up now and get instant access to our member's section:
High Road Training Program Logo
  • The High Road Training Program
  • The High Road Article Series
  • The Friendliest Trucker's Forum Ever!
  • Email Updates When New Articles Are Posted

Apply For Paid CDL Training Through TruckingTruth

Did you know you can fill out one quick form here on TruckingTruth and apply to several companies at once for paid CDL training? Seriously! The application only takes one minute. You will speak with recruiters today. There is no obligation whatsoever. Learn more and apply here:

Apply For Paid CDL Training

About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

Read More

Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

Learn More