In our increasingly connected world, large and small scale haulage fleets can find ways to work smarter rather than harder. Now, with the advent of ‘connected vehicle technology’, the UK haulage industry is set to become even safer, speedier, and more efficient.

What is Connected Vehicle Technology?

Connected vehicle technology is a wireless-based technology that enables vehicles to
communicate with each other and with traffic control. Vehicles with this technology installed communicate through on-board devices that can receive warning messages about, for example, road closures, traffic accidents, inclement weather, and other hazards.

In fact, connected vehicle technology has been around for a few years. There are many cars on the market that come equipped with Internet access, providing crash notifications, safety alerts, and navigation services. Likewise, the UK haulage industry has already begun to dabble in connected fleets.

Connected Fleets

In a connected fleet, vehicles can send data back to the office or depot. A connected vehicle might have a GPS tracking device that lets the dispatcher know where the vehicle it is and how fast is travelling. Data collected from the vehicles’ systems may even be able to tell the dispatcher the temperature of a refrigerated load, or whether the trailer door is locked. Some fleets are already working with this kind of innovative technology and their capabilities are ever-increasing.

However, connected vehicle technology for haulage fleets is about more than just checking in with individual drivers and keeping an eye on the delivery process. Developing connected vehicle technology even further has enormous potential to transform the UK haulage in areas such as safety and mobility.