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Safety And Traffic Management Technology For The Trucker

LiteLink Technologies will use its powerful software, 1SHIFT Logistics, to promote better safety for the trucking industry.

Ever since the newly enacted electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into full effect in April 2018, a lot of people in the freight and logistics industry have been talking about trucker safety and how much of a role technology should play.

This law, which is opposed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.

What is the ELD Mandate?

This new law, also known as the ELD Final Rule, requires all commercial vehicles to be equipped with an electronic device that monitors driver and vehicle activity. It’s meant to help drivers comply with hours of service (HOS) regulations, and tracks total driving hours, rest periods, and on-duty hours over the course of each run. Shipping companies and others who rely on freight delivery will have to work with ELD-compliant carriers or risk liability issues.

Opponents claim this mandate puts an undue financial burden on small businesses and independent owner-operators without addressing the problem of driver safety, but those who advocate the move claim it will increase compliance, improve road safety, and level the playing field without adversely affecting the freight and logistics industry.

Enter Lite Link Technologies and 1SHIFT Logistics

“We have seen the telecom, cable, and auto industry transform,  but the logistics industry has always lagged due to poor adoption of technology,” says Ashik Karim of 1SHIFT Logistics.

“We see a way to improve this industry and to satisfy customers, drivers and shippers. Our platforms use the power of artificial intelligence and the rich features in the Amazon Cloud to change the way the world in logistics, digital wallets & payments solutions. “

The 1Shift Logistics software automates with the manual, works on desktops and on trucker mobile phones, eliminating the need for drivers to get involved in long discussions regarding route, delays and payments.  

Factors Affecting Trucker Safety

Hours of service regulations are meant to address one of the main hazards of commercial shipping: driver fatigue. However, there are a number of factors that influence productivity, insurance rates, and overhead costs when it comes to safety and risk reduction, including:

  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Traffic flow disruptions like congestion, road construction, and accidents
  • Traveling at unsafe speeds for road conditions
  • Unfamiliarity with the route
  • Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription
  • Inadequate surveillance

How Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Improve Traffic Management?

Trucking is a $700 billion dollar industry, with more than 10.5 billion tons of freight being moved each year. That’s just in the U. S., and it’s only expected to grow.

Data management software can be installed on PCs and mobile devices to provide oversight and reporting in real time. This eliminates the need for long, distracting phone conversations or guesswork on the road.

In short, it improves driver focus.

In addition, intelligent apps can provide live information about lane capacity or off-road collisions that allow drivers to make informed decisions regarding route selection that affect delivery times. Such programs also help control costs along each point in the logistics pipeline by evaluating and comparing historical data like freight capacity, fuel price fluctuations, and other information that’s critical to pricing considerations.

“With advancements such as AI, there are now enough tools to build a platform that intuitively allows shippers and truckers to ‘trust’ a system for recommendations, visibility and automation, said Karim.  

Companies like LiteLink Technologies and its product, 1SHIFT Logistics will bring the trucking industry into the 21st century. It’s an example of everything that’s right about marrying advanced tech with freight shipping. Everyone wins with better technology.