‘e-Inspection’ technology demonstrated in Maryland

| June 18, 2013

Maryland scales pictureTwo commercial trucks and a motorcoach equipped with new mobile safety compliance technology were demonstrated at the West Friendship Weigh Station and Inspection Site in Maryland Monday, June 17. Industry stakeholders and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) government officials observed trucks and buses electronically communicating with weigh station systems as they approached the facility, without ever having to slow down.

DriveWyze event at MD scaleThe demonstration gave officials a further window into the first commercial deployment of a system very similar to FMCSA’s research-and-design effort in the program for Wireless Roadside Inspection technology, tested in various demonstration projects by researchers in partnership with U.S. DOT and state partners. The commercial developer of the particular system deployed in the demonstration, the Drivewyze bypass service provider in collaboration with in-truck technology partners PeopleNet, XRS and Zonar, calls it “e-Inspection.”  As a truck approaches a weigh station, critical safety data on both vehicle and driver, including driver ID, electronic logging information, and the weight of the vehicle, in the system are communicated in real-time while the vehicle remains in motion.

Partner to the demonstration was the XRS mobile electronic-logs/telematics platform, which entered general release in March 2013, runs on more than 50 types of devices and automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard. The subscription-based monthly service features varying pricing levels, dependent on package and functionality. Every XRS package includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver’s existing smartphone or tablet.
Partner to the demonstration was the XRS mobile electronic-logs/telematics platform, which entered general release in March 2013, runs on more than 50 types of devices and automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard. The subscription-based monthly service features varying pricing levels, dependent on package and functionality. Every XRS package includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver’s existing smartphone or tablet.

“It’s next-generation technology, delivered today,” said Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze, calling the e-Inspection system “the first commercial vehicle-to-infrastructure solution for large trucks and buses to leverage GPS and telematics technologies to augment traditional roadside safety inspections.”

Maryland State Police Captain Norman “Bill” Dofflemyer says such a system could reduce weigh-station logjams by giving inspectors a better window into carriers’ and drivers’ safety records. “If the carrier or driver has a solid safety record, and [the truck] is not overweight … we can wave them through at the inspection site,” he said. Currently, “with all of the vehicles coming into the weigh station – and we see some intrastate delivery trucks three or four times per day – systems and inspections can get clogged.  It’s inefficient.”

Maryland ranked No. 1 for inspection intensity in Overdrive‘s March state rankings in the CSA’s Data Trail series.

As bypass systems are used today, no credit for an inspection is logged in the Motor Carrier Management and Information System (MCMIS) database when a truck is bypassed. MCMIS is the well the CSA Safety Measurement System draws on when computing carriers’ scores. Drivewyze representatives were hopeful that the e-Inspection system, with carriers electronically sharing more credentials with inspection station staff over the air, would turn the tide on WRI technology and drive FMCSA and industry acceptance. Showcasing the future at the demonstration were J.B. Hunt, Allied Automotive Group, and the motorcoach company DATTCO Inc. “We’ve talked with many fleets throughout the country and there is support for what we are displaying,” said Heath. “Drivewyze bypass services already offer carriers the opportunity to save time, fuel and money.  The system also now supports incentivizing carriers to provide additional CDL and HOS information…. The trucking industry is very motivated to have these advanced real-time driver and vehicle safety screening events count as an electronic inspection (e-Inspection) in their safety profile. The hope would be that e-Inspections could be accepted by FMCSA as a new type of inspection that would count as a credit in a carrier’s CSA safety score.” 

  • No Reform

    Big Brother is Watching YOU!!

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    Great for Obediant Robots.

  • jp

    Large fleets like JB Hunt which participated in this are pushing for this technology and EOBR’s to force small fleets and independents out of the market and increase their market share. Within a few years we will all either be driving for a Mega fleet, driving a daycab in a local specialized operation or be working at WalMart

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  • wyleekiod

    as is..CSA and EOBRs are anti- small business. this only works if it makes it easier for the o/o to compete wit the big boys.

  • g

    Yes JP…that is the ultimate Goal. Mega Fleets lobby everyday in Washington DC…..to get “their way”. Their fleets are already set up for this Big Brother Technology.This will be the future of trucking. We will all be like UPS drivers very soon…the technology is available and being installed as quickly as they can…Cameras included to WATCH the evil truck driver/slaveboy….and DOMINATE his every move

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