smartphones

Year of interrupted sleep: 2012 in review, Part 1

Counting down the memories, of a fashion -- if Channel 19 was all you read from January-April 2012, you couldn't be criticized for thinking trucking was a wonderfully strange place to be.

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Smartphone-based bypass service integrates with Fleet Control

The Drivewyze PreClear bypass service is now offered with DecisionPoint Systems' Fleet Control trucking management suite.

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Mobile trends: Has your smartphone replaced your GPS?

Survey results from uShip's annual mobile technology survey showed a majority of operators either relying on their smartphones for navigation more than their GPS units or recognizing that potential.

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Computing the owner-operator business — Part 2

Part 2 of this series features explores the landscape for web-based models for trucking management software for small fleets and independents -- and the mobile integration on the way.

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New BigRoad app offers hours, nav, messaging

BigRoad's driver/owner-operator smartphone app for Android offers log capability, messaging, navigation/maps and other functionality, such as the ability to send and receive documents from within the app.

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Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

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10 benefits of EOBRs

In the wake of the EOBR mandate's inclusion in the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill, this round-up comes by way of the people at Xata Turnpike, makers of the RouteTracker EOBR.

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MADSEN: With more value-added services on trucks, driver value declines

If you missed this post to Phil Madsen's Learning Something New Every Day blog, from earlier in the month, give it a gander soon as you can. It's a must-read for the quality of analysis it gives to the expediting owner-operator's first experience with software that can, with an operator's permission, track his cell phone in lieu of utilizing an expensive on-board load tracker. Madsen -- rightly, in this case, we think -- refused to cooperate, ...

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Modest proposal: Ban all motorized transport already!

Buddy Wenners' December 2011 modest proposal for the Department of Transportation to dispense with all the rigmarole and "ban truck driving" -- penned in response to news of the handheld cell ban and otherwise the blizzard of new regs coming down the pike -- yesterday got some kudos from commenter Zach Bell. It'd be exciting, wrote Bell, to see "which make of horse and wagon takes the Ford F150 pickup truck’s spot as the no. 1 ...

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Truckers to DOT: ‘Smartphones are winning’

Smartphones are whipping the Department of Transportation in the battle for the attention of the motoring public, wrote Whitesboro, Texas-based Pennco Transportation driver Martin Groseclose on Overdrive’s Facebook page, in response to last week's news of the DOT’s strategy for dealing with the epidemic of four-wheeler distracted driving. If you missed said news, check it out via this link -- it detailed plans to encourage states to pass anti-handheld phone use/texting laws and efforts to ...

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