Trucking firms utilizing know-how that predicts opposed 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 vans.
Synthetic intelligence (AI) helped produce the street situations forecast, stated 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’s going to rain or snow. “They don’t say the street will change into icy or snow-covered. We take the climate forecast, [and] utilizing AI remodel 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 vans participated within the pilot that ran from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022, in keeping with a white paper launched by Weatherlogics.
The standalone utility might 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 potentialities, or a driver might be informed to discover a parking spot till it’s protected to proceed.
Climate forecasting is supplied on an hourly foundation, and has present situations alerts which might be custom-made. For instance, the Confederation Bridge that hyperlinks New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island is usually closed attributable to excessive winds. Customers can set an alert that can be triggered when the wind pace reaches the standards for closing that bridge.
Usually, a trucking firm will ship the climate message by their ELD machine – be it a pill or telephone. Weatherlogics permits the driving force to have the app on their telephone as effectively to allow them to arrange their very own alerts.
Kehler stated Weatherlogics has been signing up trucking firms for the subscription-based service. Charges are based mostly on the variety of vans in a fleet.
The corporate is working with prospects to plan the subsequent 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.