Trimble has introduced enhancements to its TruETA solution for improved route planning. Additionally, Trimble is offering two add-on modules: Driver Trip Planning and Out-of-Route/Out-of-Corridor.
The Driver Trip Planning module, which is a supplemental module to TruETA for TMW.Suite and TMWSuite, allow dispatchers to view how drivers are planning their trip, including rest locations they choose and durations of each stop, the company said. The tool, which runs as a module within TMWGo!, enables drivers to take into account their hours of service, and it recommends stops based off remaining drivable time. By knowing where a driver will stop, for how long they will stop and how their hours of service are affected, the Driver Trip Planning module calculates one of the most accurate ETAs from dispatch to delivery, the company says.
The out-of-route and out-of-corridor module TMW.Suite, TMWSuite and TruckMate enables carriers to see when drivers take an alternate route that wasn’t part of the original plan, Trimble says. The carrier can see how long a trip may be extended in terms of distance, time, or both. The carrier can also alert the driver that they have diverged from the planned route and proceed back to the correct road. With out-of-route miles being so costly, along with potential late fees, this added module can help with driver route compliance and help carriers better manage margins, according to the company.
Out-of-corridor alerts can also help carriers better track their high-value loads or know when a shipment of hazardous material is not on the correct road, the company added. The alert acts as a geofence that can notify dispatchers whenever the driver is a certain distance away from the intended route. This can enable the company to avoid costly fines whenever a shipment of hazardous material is on a road that it’s not supposed to be.