Trucking firms utilizing know-how that predicts hostile climate and street situations noticed a 20% lower in weather-related accidents, saving roughly $100,000 a 12 months for a mean fleet of 300 vehicles.
Synthetic intelligence (AI) helped produce the street situations forecast, mentioned Scott Kehler, president and chief scientist of Weatherlogics, a Winnipeg, Man.-based forecasting firm that carried out a six-month pilot undertaking on the know-how.
Regular climate forecasts predict the temperature and whether or not it’ll rain or snow. “They don’t say the street will turn into icy or snow-covered. We take the climate forecast, [and] utilizing AI rework it right into a street forecast. Trucking firms can see how the climate goes to have an effect on street situations,” Kehler informed TruckNews.com.
Six Canadian trucking firms – Arnold Bros Transport, Penner Worldwide, TransX, Eassons Transportation, Connors Switch, and C.A.T – totaling about 2,000 vehicles participated within the pilot that ran from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022, based on a white paper launched by Weatherlogics.
The standalone utility will be built-in with any telematics supplier and is tailor-made to transportation customers.
Weatherlogics built-in fleets’ GPS monitoring into its platform permitting security managers to warn drivers of poor street and climate situations.
Customers can view North American roads on a map and see how a climate occasion will have an effect on a specific street. This gives rerouting prospects, or a driver will be informed to discover a parking spot till it’s secure to proceed.
Climate forecasting is offered on an hourly foundation, and has present situations alerts which will be custom-made. For instance, the Confederation Bridge that hyperlinks New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is typically closed because of excessive winds. Customers can set an alert that might be triggered when the wind pace reaches the standards for closing that bridge.
Usually, a trucking firm will ship the climate message by way of their ELD machine – be it a pill or cellphone. Weatherlogics permits the driving force to have the app on their cellphone as effectively to allow them to arrange their very own alerts.
Kehler mentioned Weatherlogics has been signing up trucking firms for the subscription-based service. Charges are based mostly on the variety of vehicles in a fleet.
The corporate is working with clients to plan the following spherical of enhancements and is including new options based mostly on buyer requests. It additionally goals to extend automation, making it simpler to alert particular person drivers about extreme street and climate situations.