By: Brian Storjohann, ERIS

The impact of technology continues to grow every day. From the way we drive, to the way we interact with others, to how safe an operation can be, technology can be found in almost every type of operation. A recent implementation of technology can be found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD).

Here are three areas where technology has seen drastic improvements over the past few years.

  1. Telematics

The idea of telematics has been around for over half a century. The utilization within companies to keep track of fleet movement, assets, and start to provide some predicative behavior in drivers has come about fairly recently. Telematics is a significant and important technology that continues to improve the way companies do business on a daily basis. It allows fleet managers to monitor in real time where each vehicle or each asset is at any given time. It also provides the fleet manager some feedback on how each driver is performing. Telematics can capture data to include harsh braking, harsh accelerating, hard turns, speeding, and more to provide the fleet manager some crucial information on how the drivers are really performing.

  1. Dash Cameras

Dash cameras have been very popular in places like Russia and Europe as a means to guard against different types of fraud. In the United States, the trend of having dash cameras in vehicles is rapidly growing. There are large numbers of companies that are recognizing the importance of dash cameras, especially when accidents occur and insurance claims need to be paid out. Often times, companies in the transportation industry have drivers travel alone, so an accident with a heavy or extra heavy truck could become an incident where the lone driver does not always seem to fair very well. A dash camera has the capability to capture the event and more easily determine the at-fault party.

  1. Collision Avoidance Systems

More and more personal vehicles are starting to have this technology included as they comes off the lot at a dealership. Commercial transporters are recognizing the importance of this technology and how it can help to prevent accidents. With a collision avoidance system installed in a vehicle, it provides an early alert if there is a potential for a collision giving the driver time to act accordingly and help prevent the accident. Whether the driver is driving to close to the vehicle in front, the closing distance is too quick, or a another vehicle cuts off the driver, the collision avoidance systems audible tone will alert the driver to take action to prevent an unwanted accident.

Brian Storjohann is the VP of Research & Development for eRisk Solutions.