TMW Systems introduced TruETA, a new trip planning and execution tool that calculates estimated time of arrival for each stop along a commercial truck’s route.
Available to users of TMW’s Innovative IES, TMW.Suite, TMWSuite and TruckMate transportation management platforms, TruETA is a cloud-based application that automates the calculation of ETAs based on current vehicle position, PeopleNet driver Hours of Service and real-time and predictive traffic patterns.
TruETA also generates Red-Yellow-Green alerts indicating the likelihood of each vehicle to meet its customers’ scheduled delivery times, reducing the need for dispatcher-driver phone calls and mobile communications messages.
“Hitting the customer’s delivery window is no longer an aspirational goal for carriers – it is imperative from a customer service score and financial standpoint,” said Ray West, senior vice president and general manager, TMS solutions for TMW. “TruETA helps eliminate much of the guesswork and manual data that comes with the trip planning process, and helps fleets reduce the risk of a dissatisfied customer.”
The tool replaces the “local knowledge” and manual data entry, according to West. In addition, TruETA utilizes the ALK Maps commercial mapping platform to visualize live traffic flows, as well as weather overlays of current conditions including radar, cloud cover, alerts and road surface conditions to quickly identify potential scheduling issues.
TruETA also accounts for required driver rest breaks and calculates remaining Hours of Service at each destination with PC Miler’s Hours of Service planning engine.
The company demonstrated the new integrated application during the 2017 PeopleNet and TMW in.sight User Conference + Expo in Nashville.