PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems, announced a new integration with McLeod LoadMaster that inserts optimized fuel stops in the driver’s route plan, which is delivered directly to the in-cab navigation applications — ALK CoPilot Truck and Maptuit NaviGo — that currently run on the PeopleNet platform.
“This is truly an innovative, automated approach to controlling fuel costs, enabling dispatch to create routes with fuel stops that ensure optimum consumption and driver efficiency and safety,” said Randy Boyles, PeopleNet vice president of Tailored Solutions, making the announcement at the McLeod user conference being held Sept. 16-18 at the Sheraton Birmingham Convention Center in Alabama.
Carriers equipped with PeopleNet Tablet or Blu onboard computers that run Automated Workflow and In-Cab Navigation, McLeod dispatch software and a fuel optimization package automatically can insert in the driver’s dispatch fuel stops that optimize routing and reduce out-of-route miles. Spoken directions make it easy for drivers to execute routes and for fleet managers to confirm and track fuel-stop arrivals and departures, the company says.
Truckload carrier Florilli Transportation, headquartered in West Liberty, Iowa, currently is beta-testing the custom workflow integration. “In addition to providing a consistently reliable, seamless way to save fuel expense at the pump and en route, spoken street-level directions and mapping take pressure off of drivers who until now have had to navigate text directions,” said Murray Fitzer, chief executive officer of Florilli. “This integration minimizes in-cab driver distractions to help drivers follow routes more safely, and eliminates wrong turns to make them more efficient.”