technology

Early adopters: Getting ahead of the ELD mandate

Most owner-operators still oppose an ELD mandate as the final rule gets closer. Yet some independents see benefits in trying out new technology to adjust to what they believe to be an eventual reality.

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The Dispatcher app: More book-now freight options via smartphone

Billing itself as a "concierge service" for independents, the Dispatcher app offers automation of the freight-booking process. Since its soft launch, a few thousand operators now use it regularly.

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Latest ‘uber for trucking’ brokerage launches app

The Transfix brokerage's app offers a variety of free services in exchange for the opportunity to push load offers to drivers well-situated to cover them.

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Dashcam adoption following same path as ELDs

Swift's plan to install dashcams in more than 6,000 trucks reflects a trend that shows, once again, the contentious interplay between technology, privacy and return on investment.

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DAT’s premium Power load board updated

DAT Solutions today announced the availability of its updated, web-based DAT Power load board, delivering results faster, reducing clicks and keystrokes, and containing unique teamwork features.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s on the way

Tech startups aimed at long-haul TL need critical mass of freight, carrier capacity and more to compete with systems entrenched in the freight market, themselves adopting some Uber-like functionality.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s happening

As mobile communications technology advancements give rise to streamlined freight transactions, some startups go so far as doing it all with a single app. Who will be the 'Uber of trucking?'

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Driverless trucks: Public shows concern with safety in survey

Results showed two-thirds of all survey respondents "said they would feel less safe sharing the road with driverless semi-trucks," a majority showing no change in sentiment even "if it meant cheaper consumer products or reduced carbon emissions."

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New O/O biz software

TruckLogics is the newest entrant into the mobile-capable owner-operator business software market, with dispatching, invoicing, maintenance and other expense tracking, IFTA reporting and other functionality.

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VIDEO: Telematics boost, demand driving interoperable standard

Will the "Connected Vehicle" future have any benefit to independents? Exploring some of the possibilities here with Hirschbach Motor Lines' Jim Coffren's take from the fleet side.

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