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Joe Morten & Son, Inc.Apr 11, 2024 9:05:00 AM2 min read

Maximize the Benefits of Onboard Technology

Over the past decade, onboard technologies have revolutionized the trucking industry. These advancements have proven instrumental in enhancing the driver’s experience and helping motor carriers gain a competitive advantage. By leveraging onboard technologies to reduce the risk of vehicle accidents, decrease business interruptions, and improve driver productivity, motor carriers can position themselves to outperform their peers in several internal and external performance metrics. Below is a brief description of several onboard technologies and discussion of how they can benefit your company. As you read this information, consider how these technologies could improve your operations and support your risk management strategy.


Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) include collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. ADAS uses sensors and cameras to detect potential hazards, alert drivers, and even autonomously take corrective actions. Inward-facing cameras can also see when a driver is distracted, including when they show signs of fatigue.


Onboard technologies offer real-time monitoring and data collection capabilities. Telematics systems enable fleet managers to track vehicles, monitor fuel consumption, analyze driver behavior, and schedule maintenance effectively. This technology not only optimizes route planning but also helps to reduce operational costs and maximize productivity.


Fuel efficiency is another critical aspect positively impacted by onboard technologies. Semi-trucks equipped with predictive analytics and smart routing systems can optimize travel routes based on real-time traffic data, weather conditions, and vehicle-specific parameters. This optimization can help minimize idle time, reduce fuel consumption, and lower carbon emissions.


The integration of electronic logging devices (ELDs) has streamlined recordkeeping processes. ELDs automatically track a driver’s hours of service (HOS), ensuring compliance with regulations while simplifying paperwork. This technology also provides a driver’s real-time availability for more efficient dispatching. Several motor carriers use this technology to make drivers unavailable for loads, such as if their physicals have expired or the driver failed to attend required safety training.

In conclusion, onboard technologies have reshaped the transportation industry, bringing forth a myriad of benefits, including enhanced safety measures. However, unless a motor carrier’s leadership team drives the use of these technologies, the benefits may never be realized.

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.


  • Identify and implement onboard technologies to help reduce the risk of vehicle accidents.

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.

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