Drivewyze added new in-cab notifications to its PreClear weigh station bypass to inform drivers of the number of parking spots available at 10 rest area locations in Indiana.
Indiana is the first state for which Drivewyze has added parking spot availability into the COVID-19 response rest area alerts initiative. To date the initiative has produced critical parking area open/close notifications for drivers in Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, Virginia and Ohio.
“This is a great example of delivering safety information to drivers where and when they need it most in Indiana,” said Brian Heath, chief executive of Drivewyze. “We’ve leveraged integrations with our state partner and utilized smart infrastructure data to help drivers and go one step further than previous open/close status sharing.”
According to Heath, rest areas in Indiana are some of the most modern facilities in North America, and they incorporate truck parking detection technology that allows the Indiana DOT to monitor and share real-time parking space availability.
Most in-cab notification alerts are 25 miles out, then updated again at 5 miles out. “Some sites use customized distances to avoid duplication with state electronic signboards that display parking information, or to add informational value by optimizing the time drivers can consider alternate parking areas when lots are full,” added Heath.
Drivewyze’s temporary Rest Area notifications will continue for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.
Both the Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service, and the Drivewyze Safety Notifications service, are available to carriers on supported ELDs and other in-cab telematics devices, through the Drivewyze partner network (https://drivewyze.com/drivewyze-on-your-eld/).