Vehicle telematics is a type of technology that integrates the capabilities of computer systems and remote communications technologies like GPS to gather information from remote automobiles. This in-vehicle technology is commonly used as a tracking system, not just for locating where a vehicle is, but also for monitoring speed, driving habits, and environmental situations.
But a recent report foretells that telematics could soon become accessorial to an applicant’s resume. The report quips that vehicle telematics has never been more accessible and can even work with the latest smartphones, so the prediction could turn into reality sooner or later.
In the report, Scott Cober of Marsh Canada prefigures that it would only take three to five years before smartphones could provide accurate and quality driving performance data in the previous six months which could then be transferred into a USB drive and be presented in an easy-to-read scorecard format. Drivers would just plug their iPhone into a portal and then allow it to stream information based on how they operate the vehicle.
The trucking industry is likely to embrace the telematics not only for its tracking and security purposes, but also for its benefits to the recruitment process. The new technology makes the hiring process faster and more efficient, while allowing applicants to gauge whether they are suited for their choice of career.
Members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and transportation professionals like Thomas Pecora of NJ-based H&H Transportation, Inc. are optimistic about this development and how it could signal a spike in the number of individuals making a career in the trucking industry.
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