XRS Corporation highlighted its new XRS mobile platform June 17 for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Victor Mendez at a public demonstration in Maryland.
XRS technology partner Drivewyze, along with the Maryland State Police, organized the event to showcase the company's PreClear software system, which allows truck drivers to bypass weigh stations and submit regulatory information – including hours-of-service logs and weigh-in-motion data – electronically, without the need to stop mid-route.
"Last week's event brought together the best and most resourceful solution providers in our industry and demonstrated just how important a reliable and resourceful trucking industry is for American economic recovery," said Jay Coughlan, chairman and chief executive officer of XRS Corporation. "There is a convergence of technology forces at work today in the trucking industry, and this trend will ultimately improve safety and efficiency for thousands of commercial carriers across the country."
XRS customer Allied Automotive Group also participated in the event and demonstrated how the Drivewyze system – which incorporates XRS – will simplify and improve compliance for its sizeable fleet of more than 2,300 car haulers and 300 lowboys. Allied owns the largest and most diverse vehicle transport fleet in the industry, with an extensive network that spans the North American continent. Allied's infrastructure, fleet diversity and commitment to technology place the company in an advantageous market position and implementing the new PreClear system, along with the XRS mobile platform, is a significant step toward business growth.
"We are thrilled to have been a part of last week's event and grateful for the opportunity to show federal transportation officials how we are using technology to build a better, smarter and safer fleet," said Robert Ferrell, executive vice president, fleet and maintenance for Allied Automotive Group. "With automated eScreening solutions like PreClear as part of an integrated fleet management system like XRS, we can save time and money because mobile solutions do not require significant infrastructure investment. It's the wave of the future and a winning formula for us from a business perspective."
The new XRS mobile platform, which entered general release in March 2013, runs on more than 50 types of devices and automatically transmits vehicle and operator data directly to a management dashboard, preparing for compliance with the pending MAP-21 compliance mandate for recording hours-of-service. Nearly 90 percent of drivers already use mobile devices, meaning there are no additional hardware costs associated with the XRS platform, and XRS Corporation has partnership agreements with the leading brands in mobile communications in both the U.S. and Canada.
With XRS, there are no up-front hardware costs and no capital requirements. The subscription-based monthly service features varying pricing levels, dependent on package and functionality. Every XRS package includes an XRS Relay in-cab device that communicates via Bluetooth with the driver's existing smartphone or tablet. The return on investment of XRS is almost immediate, and it pays off in driver productivity, fuel efficiency, fleet utilization, accident prevention, compliance and much more.
"We are proud to lead the industry in partnership with a forward-thinking company like Drivewyze that realizes the immense business potential for integrated, mobile-ready road science tools like the XRS platform," said Christian Schenk, senior vice president, product and market strategy for XRS. "Together, we have the power to transform and improve the entire trucking industry by employing the latest tools and technologies on the road."
"Our event last week was an unqualified success and a testament to the innovative thinking that is happening today in the transportation industry," said Brian Mofford, vice president of technology for Drivewyze. "Our partnership with XRS was a critical part of last week's successful event, and I want to congratulate everyone from XRS, as well as Allied Automotive Group, for showing us the most complete and compelling solution of the day."
To learn more about the exclusive partnership between XRS and Drivewyze, please visit engage.xrscorp.com/xrs_drivewyze.