Several Class 8 rigs and a commercial motorcoach equipped with new mobile safety compliance technology were demonstrated for the first time in a significant step in improving highway safety.
In drive-by demonstrations at the West Friendship Weigh Station and Inspection Site in Maryland yesterday, industry stakeholders and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials observed the vehicles electronically communicating with weigh station systems as they approached the facility on Interstate 70 without ever having to slow down.
Critical safety data on both vehicle and driver, including driver ID, electronic logging information and the weight of the vehicle is communicated in real-time while the vehicle remains in motion.
The demonstration of the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service "represents the first commercial such application of its kind in the world," said Brian Heath, president of Drivewyze. "It is next-generation technology, delivered today."
"An e-Inspection, as we call it, is the first commercial vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) solution for large trucks and buses to leverage GPS and telematics technologies to augment traditional roadside safety inspections," he continued. "Along with our in-truck technology partners PeopleNet, XRS and Zonar, we are proud to be supporting the Maryland State Police and the trucking industry in demonstrating an innovative and cost-effective program to improve highway safety and efficiency."
A subsidiary of Intelligent Imaging Systems (www.intelligentimagingsystems.com) - a provider of industry leading road safety equipment and software services, Drivewyze is an innovative technology service provider to the transportation industry (www.drivewyze.com).
PeopleNet (www.peoplenetonline.com) is focused on providing innovative Internet-based and integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems to improve North America's trucking industry's fleet management. XRS (www.xrscorp.com) formerly (Xata Corporation) delivers fleet management and compliance software solutions to the trucking industry to help maintain regulatory compliance and reduce operating costs.
Zonar (www.zonarsystems.com) provides electronic fleet inspection, tracking and operations solutions for public and private fleets.
No dedicated transponders
Unlike the other bypass programs that require dedicated transponders in every truck, Drivewyze PreClear service works through a hands-free mobile application that can be downloaded onto a smartphone or tablet to deliver a convenient, safe, and secure automated bypass solution. Drivewyze PreClear can be accessed on iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms.
Consequently, there is no need to install any additional equipment or transponder.
A subscription bypass service, Drivewyze PreClear currently runs on PeopleNet, XRS and Zonar platforms.
The service is now being used in 16 states at more than 200 sites.
The front line
According to Captain Norman Dofflemyer, commander of the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, state weigh and inspection sites are the front line in reviewing a carrier and driver's safety profile through FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores.
"If the carrier or driver has a solid safety record, and the vehicle is not overweight (scales are at station sites), we can wave them through at the inspection site," he said. "If we see a borderline case, or poor CSA score, we may inspect driver information and logbooks, plus do a vehicle inspection."
Dofflemyer said the problem in the industry is there are too many trucks and not enough manpower for inspections. "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. There is a better way to do this."