We know it’s not easy to keep up with everything that happens in the world of trucking. So here are the biggest stories from December focused on the latest truck trends, all in one place.
The truck trends from December all follow a similar theme: data and telematics, which Fleet Equipment named as our 2018 Equipment Trend of the Year. Below are the five biggest topics driving this trend, both in 2018 and in the future.
5. Do you really own your trucks’ data?
Forget what you’ve heard. Forget what you’ve read. While the mantra in the industry has been that “fleets own their data,” the actual ownership of your information is determined by the end-user license agreements (EULAs) you have with your data service providers, from OEMs to third party providers. Today’s reality is that you only own what your EULAs say you own. Editor Jason Morgan goes over this reality, and the questions you need to be asking, here.
4. The importance of navigating end user licensing agreements
Data usage and ownership is not regulated. You may have heard the old industry adage that “fleets own the data,” but adages don’t hold up in court. All that matters is what’s in the end-user license agreement (EULA) that you and your service providers agreed upon. So what do you need to know when looking through your agreement? We talked with a legal expert on some of the important points.
3. Geotab shares its vision of a data-driven future
For our December executive interview, we sat down with Geotab CEO Neil Cawse to discuss truck data opportunities, the challenges of reality, anonymized data and what it all means—you can read the interview here.
2. Data integration: Who has access to your data?
As truck data tracking becomes more precise and telematics capabilities continue to grow, it’s important to know the details about everyone you work with—and everyone they work with. Senior Editor Alex Crissey goes over the growing trend of data integration and what you need to know about it here.
1. Why data is FE’s 2018 Equipment Trend of the Year
With each passing year, the capabilities of data-driven fleet solutions have grown and so too has the importance of understanding those capabilities and what they mean, both to you and those you work with. This year, things are at a head. Truck data is no longer something whose importance will be most felt in the future. It’s happening now. That is why Fleet Equipment has named telematics and data our 2018 Equipment Trend of the Year. You can read more on why we reached this conclusion and what this means for trucking’s future here.