tomorrow's trucker

Potential for fatigue detection points to intensive enforcement

Fatigue-related monitoring could be next in line. Its advance in the regulatory arena will depend on two things: the effectiveness of technology in predicting fatigue in relation to crash risk, and to what extent, if any, privacy law restricts or prevents a mandate.

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Camera systems taking a lead in data harvest

With such strong momentum and expanding uses for cameras, the technology could well follow the same path as that of electronic logging devices: widespread early adoption by large fleets and an eventual federal mandate industrywide. The systems may also work in tandem with automated trucks.

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Your health — ripe for biomonitoring and telematics

In the not-so-distant future, your truck and its associated systems will be able to read your vital signs and alert you and others to an impending health breakdown. This data could be synced to your truck’s communications system, which could automatically send select health data to your fleet, your insurance provider or FMCSA.

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Data — The unseen hand steering your career

As fleet owners continue to find more ways to turn their drivers and prospective drivers into sets of data, they are moving recruitment, retention and safety management closer to science than art. This expanding harvest of data and the eagerness of predictive analytics vendors to help fleets make better use of it are reshaping how the industry relates to drivers.

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Wired, watched and weeded out: How constant monitoring by fleets, regulators will shape tomorrow’s driving force

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, an in-depth exploration on the acceleration of driver monitoring systems, biometric health readings, the availability of massive data sets on truckers and how it all gives way to constant monitoring by fleets -- and regulators -- of truckers, their habits and their fitness to operate.

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Podcast: Big data at ‘tipping point’ for new safety applications

Fatigue management and monitoring techs will become, over the next 30 years, ubiquitous in fleet trucks -- even, says safety expert Don Osterberg, in owner-operated units.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Wireless inspections: 24/7 exposure of truck, driver violations

It’s easy to conjure a scenario of total on-highway enforcement of truck and driver regulations, enabled by a nationwide rollout of vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications. Growing industry adoption of telematics systems, work by FMCSA to ramp up wireless inspections and several other trends could lead to such a national system in the coming decades.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Advances in technology point toward hours relief

Technological advances over the next two to three decades could massage one of owner-operators’ biggest pain points: hours of service regulations seen as too restrictive for truckers’ productivity and too rigid for their highly variable schedules. Equipment innovations could play into the industry’s interest in either extending drivers’ on-duty time or allowing greater flexibility in divvying it up.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Meet the pilot-monitor, master of the autonomous truck

Where do automated trucks leave truck drivers? The common concern among truckers is that they themselves won’t be needed. That refrain, however, likely is ungrounded. Drivers’ jobs will become like that of airline pilots, not only watching the vehicle but also closely overseeing a variety of sophisticated systems...

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Tomorrow’s Trucker — The new face of independence: Autonomy, partnerships and technology

As the Millennial generation takes the reins of trucking, a new business model built upon connectivity will define the most successful owner-operators. Here’s how owner-operators of the future survive and thrive…

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