PeopleNet, a provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, announced a new integration with McLeod LoadMaster that inserts fuel stops in the driver's route to optimize fuel purchases and consumption and curb out-of-route fuel expense. Making the announcement at the McLeod user conference PeopleNet VP of Tailored Solutions Randy Boyles said, "This is truly an innovative, automated approach to controlling fuel costs, enabling dispatch to create routes with fuel stops that ensure optimum consumption and driver efficiency and safety."
Carriers equipped with PeopleNet TABLET or BLU onboard computers that run Automated Workflow and In-Cab Navigation, McLeod dispatch software, and a fuel optimization package can automatically insert in the driver's dispatch fuel stops that optimize routing and reduce out-of-route miles. Spoken directions make it easy for drivers to execute routes and easy for fleet managers to confirm and track fuel-stop arrival/departure.
Florilli Transportation CEO Murry Fitzer, whose fleet is currently beta testing the custom workflow integration, explained, "In addition to providing a consistently reliable, seamless way to save fuel expense at the pump and en route, spoken street-level directions and mapping take pressure off of drivers who until now have had to navigate text directions. This integration minimizes in-cab driver distractions to help drivers follow routes more safely, and eliminates wrong turns to make them more efficient."