Motor carriers can create their own driving studies to improve fleet safety.
Utilizing trucking telematics data from ELD provider Geotab, TuSimple analyzed autonomous miles driven with their technology and directly compared the data to miles driven by humans. Human operated vehicles used a benchmark rate of critical driving events per 100 miles in the same vehicle types and vocation as other motor carrier fleets.
ELD telematic devices gather millions of data points including:
| – dates|
– longitude and latitude
– engine power status
– odometer readings
– engine faults
– critical events data
|– harsh braking|
– hard turning
– hard acceleration
– HOS violations
– and more
In this study, the telematics data measured critical driving events, such as harsh acceleration, braking and cornering that can increase the risk and frequency of accidents.
Who is TuSimple?
TuSimple is a global autonomous driving technology company, headquartered in San Diego, California, with operations in Arizona, Texas, Europe, and China with hopes to transform the $4 trillion global truck freight industry.
Their AI technology makes it possible for trucks to see over .6 miles away, operate nearly continuously, and consume 10% less fuel than manually driven trucks.
TuSimple’s Telematic Autonomous Study Highlights
According to TuSimple’s report, the initial results from a 10-week sample analyzing 80,000 miles demonstrate a significant reduction in industry standard harsh driving events by TuSimple’s autonomous driving technology relative to benchmark rates and human-operated driving.
The data was collected in a variety of conditions, including day, night, rain, and extreme heat as well as on highways and surface streets.
“We’re incredibly excited about the initial study results and the potential for TuSimple’s technology to provide a new standard for safety for the trucking industry,” said Jim Mullen, Chief Administrative Officer for TuSimple. “We believe building and validating the safest and most efficient driver will save lives and truly transform our industry. Carriers rightfully cherish their multimillion-mile drivers, and TuSimple’s technology is designed to provide an even higher level of safety across our fleet partners.”
By gathering real-time insights, the data suggests that TuSimple’s autonomous technology has lower harsh event rates when contrasted with benchmark rates and human-operated driving (see chart below).
|Event Type||Number of events per 100 miles|
|Number of events per 100 miles|
|Harsh Braking||0 – 0.02||0.08 – 0.10|
|Harsh Acceleration||0.11 – 0.16||0.99 – 1.06|
|Harsh Cornering||0.04 – 0.10||1.18 – 1.89|
Motor carriers can create their own driving studies to improve fleet safety
Many ELD providers, including our partner Pedigree Technologies, have created driver and safety scorecards that are easy to set-up, manage, and pull reports.
For example, Pedigree driver and safety scorecards include stats, such as:
- Number of HOS violations
- Idling greater than 20 minutes
- Idling percentage
- Hard braking event
- Speeding greater than 5mph
- Fuel efficiency
- Heavy acceleration event
These scorecards are point-based starting at 100 points and any selected stat can remove a certain amount of points based on the severity. They can be customized further by adding a timeframe duration of the stat or distance traveled.
Review the video below to gain an understanding of how Pedigree structures their scorecards.
For example, a driver can lose 15 points for every time a hard-braking event happens every 100 miles, or a driver can lose 5 points for any Hours-of-Service Util. % is under 75% per day.
Scorecard reporting can be customized by timeframe (the previous 7 days or month), selected vehicle or vehicle types (semi/long-haul trucks, medium-sized trucks, construction vehicles, etc.), and more.
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The Pedigree ELD reporting tool also shows if the driver has performed better or worse over the previous week or month.
Does your ELD provider offer similar reporting tools? If not, learn more about Pedigree Technologies.
Need help managing your ELD data?
Managing ELD data yourself can be confusing and stressful and requires a much different back-office skill set than managing paper processes. However, it does not have to be.
We offer comprehensive ELD Management Services no matter what ELD system you are using allowing you to start taking advantage of your ELD data.
Pedigree’s “Digital Library” add-on allows managers to upload, assign files by driver, vehicle, trailer, carrier, and send documents crucial to a fleet’s daily operation straight to a driver’s tablet including licenses, medical cards, and more.
Fleets, regulatory agencies, and states have been using technology to automate tasks and focus on paperless or contactless solutions since the pandemic started.
ELD providers, like Pedigree Technologies OneView, have taken advantage of this trend by offering a digital library solution that replaces the need for in-cab paper permit book binders.
Permit books have annoyed drivers for many years as roadside enforcement have caught drivers with misplaced or expired credentials and important documents.
As the latest time-saving OneView solution, the Digital Library add-on allows businesses to boost productivity, avoid fines, and communicate more clearly.
This tool allows managers to upload and send documents crucial to a fleet’s daily operation straight to a driver’s tablet including licenses, medical cards, and more.
Now drivers will not get stuck on the road without the proper documentation ever again with the need-to-know information right at their fingertips.
The Digital Library tool allows companies to easily store and manage the digital distribution of documents, images, and other files relevant to their daily operations – making important files available to drivers in-cab, when they need them most.
No matter the fleet size, the tool will be able to upload and assign files by driver, vehicle, trailer, carrier, and region.
Important in-cab documents needed at roadside or while on the road
Required in-cab documents depend on what you are driving, where you can travel, and what technologies you are using.
Important truck and trailer documents include:
- truck and trailer registration
- proof of annual maintenance inspection
- IFTA license
- HAZMAT permits
- over dimension permits
- and more
Depending on what state you travel through, there could be important state registration or certificates, such as:
- intra-state authorities
- Kentucky’s carrier vehicle inventory list for heavy vehicles
- New Jersey’s business registration
- New Mexico’s weight distance tax permit for heavy vehicles, or
- New York’s highway use tax registration
Then there are the technology documents that may always be required to be in the truck. This would include a copy of your ELD telematic device instructions or errors guide. Though not required, it would be good to have a digital copy of instructions for in-cab cameras or other fleet management solutions.
Other important documents could be stored as well, including:
- a driver’s medical card
- maintenance information
- collision instructions
- important phone numbers
- current bills of lading
- company policies
- driver training tools
- and more
Is it time to switch ELD providers?
With popular ELD companies facing public scrutiny to the transition away from 3G devices, it is a good time to make sure you are using ELDs that match your fleet’s needs and using the data to your advantage.
We have searched high and low for a partner in the telematics and ELD industry and have turned to Pedigree Technologies as a trusted brand striving to offer a best-in-class ELD solution with OneView.
CNS can also help with all your licensing and permitting needs. No matter what state you are in, your size (from one vehicle to a thousand vehicles), nor the complexity of your operation, we here at CNS can handle it.