GPS Navigation and Trucking

Recently, we've seen news and legislative concern over the use of consumer GPS navigation devices by truckers, most notably, the increase of bridge strikes from drivers using GPS devices not programmed to take the unique needs of trucks into consideration. To help combat this issue the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has agreed to require new truck drivers are trained on selecting GPS devices in its upcoming training standards for entry-level commercial drivers.

A recent Transport Topics article discusses this issue, noting comments from the FMCSA that consumer GPS products likely do not include programming to show low bridges, hazmat routes and other important information for commercial drivers. The article notes that devices marketed towards professional truck drivers only route drivers to roads which they are allowed on. It appears this new stance also is supported by those companies that make truck-specific navigation hardware and software.

This issue is not much different as many businesses face as employees using their personal technology to do business, leading to what is known as the "bring your own device" (BYOD) phenomenon. Just as corporations need to worry about the security risks of employees connecting unsecure mobile devices to their networks, fleets need to be concerned with how devices brought into cabs affect the safety of their drivers and trucks. Even the American Trucking Associations has gotten on board, offering full support of the FMCSA's work to promote the use of appropriate technology by professional truck drivers.

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This entry was posted on April 8th, 2013 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.