Interstate Distributor Co. has inked a deal with computer company DriverTech to use the latter’s DT4000 in-cab computer and tri-mode communications system in its fleet.
According to the companies, the in-vehicle system provides drivers with Windows XP-based capabilities, including the ability to scan documents, e-mail, watch movies, search the Internet, complete online safety training, communicate with management in “dead service” zones and use street-level mapping. The technology will negate a driver’s need for a laptop, DriverTech says.
“It is no longer cost-effective or efficient for trucking companies to send 100 percent of their messages over satellite,” says Mark Haslam, DriverTech president and chief executive officer. “The time has come to put purpose-built computers in trucks that allow connections to multiple wireless networks and services.”