The Weather Company, part of IBM, recently introduced a new Operations Dashboard for Ground Transportation,, which will deliver real-time weather information for planning purposes to drivers, dispatchers and distribution-center manager via custom software APIs. The dashboard, which can be customized to fit a particular fleet’s needs, includes information on weather and road conditions, including precipitation, wind, fog, ice and pooling water. The dashboard also integrates real-time traffic flow and incident data, and flags safety hazards.
“By providing freight and logistics companies with a single view of critical weather and traffic information, we are providing them with the ability to make proactive decisions that can reduce inefficiencies and potentially keep their drivers out of harm’s way,” said Mark Gildersleeve, Weather Company vice president and head of business solutions. “With the right insight, companies can be prepared to make proactive decisions.”
Dispatchers will gain “access to a comprehensive dashboard of the network of vehicles and locations, with a view of relevant weather, traffic, and safety information on each route,” the company says. And drivers “will receive live, location-based alerts for current locations and upcoming locations based on current trajectory. Drivers will also have the ability to check weather and traffic while planning the day’s travel and during breaks.”
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.