Blue Tree Systems Inc., a provider of reefer monitoring, trailer tracking, and in-cab fleet management systems, and ATDynamics, a global supplier of semi-trailer rear-drag aerodynamics technology, announced the availability of a modified door sensor to detect when a semi-trailer’s TrailerTail aerodynamic device is properly deployed by a driver.
“TrailerTails have hands down proven to reduce drag and save fuel,” said Michael Eggleton, Jr., vice president of Raider Express, the first fleet to test and deploy the new sensor. “We have completed a fleet-wide rollout of TrailerTail technology and we wanted a way to ensure that the devices were being properly deployed and our technology investments were being put to good use. The new sensor provides real-time reporting to confirm that the TrailerTail is deployed anytime the vehicle is moving at highway speeds.”
A recent adopter of BlueTree’s R:Com system on its fleet of 270 refrigerated trailers, family-owned and operated Raider Express gives its drivers weekly fuel bonuses of two to five cents per mile. “We have always taken fuel costs seriously and rewarded those drivers that have the same mindset,” said Eggleton. “The drivers quickly learned the TrailerTails were giving them a real leg up on getting their bonus. The new sensor report is a great tool for management to show our drivers the role TrailerTails play not only in our bottom line, but theirs as well.”