2012: A Trucking Story - 12/31/2012

Today is the last day of 2012, and what a year it has been. The trucking industry has seen a number of ups and downs this year, and we'd like to recap some of the biggest news, trends and events in the transportation world (and a few from ours).

 

  • Take the highway: Researchers at North Carolina State University and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute release findings that the majority of crashes occur on non-interstate roads.
  • SpeedGaugeAssurance launches: In March, we rolled out SpeedGaugeAssurance, a new system to help monitor GPS hardware performance in the field after installation, a real cusotmer service headache for telematics providers.
  • The new toll boom: More states, including Connecticut and Pennsylvania file for the ability to create new toll roads.
  • Load 'er up: April saw the U.S. Department of Transportation team up with state agencies to study the impact of increasing highway weight limits from 80,000 to 100,000 pounds.
  • Look mom, no hands: Google begins testing and receives a license to operate driverless cars on public roads. Multiple states follow suit, passing legislation to allow driverless car licenses.
  • SpeedGauge becomes trilingual: In June, SpeedGauge reports became available in Spanish and French, in addition to English.
  • Go Ontario: Ontario releases their annual safety report, ranking the providence as first among all jurisdictions in North America for safety, including the lowest number of road fatalities in the last 68 years.
  • Sleep tight: New rules from the U.S. Department of Transportation begin requiring screening for obstructive sleep apnea among U.S. commercial drivers at higher risk, including drivers with higher body mass indexes.
  • OOIDA goes to bat: The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association took the FMCSA to court over incorrect driver information, highlighting issues with the agency's dispute process.
  • Disaster plans get tested: 2012 saw an increase in damaging storms, Hurricane Isaac and Sandy test disaster response plans and remind us all of the importance of disaster recovery plans.
  • Open for business: November brought the culmination of 26 years of work on Tennessee State Route 840, opening for the first time to regular traffic.

2012 was an exciting year with a lot of exciting developments for the transportation industry and we're eagerly looking forward to the advancements and announcements coming in 2013. What do you foresee in 2013 and beyond?

This entry was posted on December 31st, 2012 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.