Tuesday, March 6, 2012

US Freight Truck Giant Invests in Road Haulage Management Technology

Con-way Trucking Chooses Maptuit System
Shipping News Feature

US – Following a successful pilot study launched in September 2011 Con-way Truckload, a full-truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc., has announced that it will be installing Maptuit® NaviGo™ technology in all company trucks and Qualcomm equipped owner operator tractors. Con-way Truckload today employs over 3,000 drivers with a fleet of more than 2,700 tractors and 8,600 trailers operating throughout the United States as well as internationally in Mexico and Canada. The company provides full load transportation serving the transcontinental shipping needs of commercial and industrial businesses as well as sister company Con-way Freight.

Fleetwide integration will occur through a developmental period during which NaviGo systems will be individually tested in all trucks at the carrier’s Joplin, Missouri facility. The fleetwide installation and integration process will take an estimated six to eight months to complete and therefore should be completed by the Fall. The NaviGo system features several safety, accuracy, efficiency and cost benefits including advanced GPS fleet tracking helping avoid hazardous situations and truck-restricted routes, including residential areas, dead-end streets, low bridges, historically dangerous intersections and U-turns.

As with most GPS systems the driver receives spoken instructions plus automatic rerouting for missed turns and in addition near real-time monitoring, alerting and re-routing capabilities avoid costly detours and areas of traffic congestion. The equipment shows 2D, 3D, and Driver Safety map guidance views via a large, touch-screen interface.

Con-way say driver efficiency is increased as the system offers route compliance and performance trend reporting features which enable dispatchers to assess how well drivers are following route plans, improving on-time delivery and customer satisfaction and thereby reduces costs.