Technology spurring change in the transportation industry

New technology has changed the business world. While offices across the globe are benefiting from mobile devices, wireless technologies and similar advancements, other industries have also seen significant changes as a result of recent developments. Technology that keeps individuals safe on the road, minimizes paperwork and ensures drivers take the most direct route are all becoming more prevalent among transportation companies, especially if they hope to remain competitive.

Technology streamlines the reporting process
While many companies still rely on old-fashioned paperwork to track data, this outdated method is slowly moving to the wayside. Some businesses are instead asking drivers to record information with the help of portable devices or apps. With the government's new proposal to create an electronic logging device requirements for those in the industry, more employees may soon be using new technology to report data.

Apps improve safety
Everyone knows using a cellphone on the road is a hazard, but many people can't resist the urge to answer a call, respond to a text or even reply to an email while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is a significant problem that increases the risk of accidents for all drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of American drivers between 18 and 64 years of age said they had talked on the phone while driving in the 30 days before being surveyed, while 31 percent said the same of texting.

Some companies may request their drivers download apps on their smartphones that keep them focused on driving by blocking calls, texts and emails while the vehicle is in motion. This reduces the risk of distraction-induced accidents, keeping Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores high and the need for collision-related repairs low.

Tracking devices help monitor vehicles
Gadgets that help managers and owners monitor a vehicle's location or driver's speed can prove beneficial to companies that want more oversight into how daily operations are running. Companies that are concerned drivers may be making too many unscheduled stops can implement devices that track location to determine how frequent these stops are, and how far off track they take employees, while those that have concerns about speeding can monitor and even limit how fast a driver can go. This can reduce the risk of traffic citations, potentially improve CSA scores and keep fuel costs to a minimum.

Software decreases driving time, fuel spend
More companies are investing in route planning software, which offers a plethora of benefits to carriers. The technology allows fleet managers to plan runs more quickly, thus allowing them to spend more time on other critical tasks. It also guarantees drivers are always taking the fastest route available, limiting the amount of miles driven. By reducing miles traveled with route optimization software, companies can cut overall fuel expenses and invest that money elsewhere to further improve business processes.