What is meant by truck navigation?

What is truck navigation?

Most of the trucks on the roads nowadays have been equipped with truck navigation software. The software takes into account vehicle specifications, such as length, weight, height and width of the truck / trailer when calculating the route, thereby guaranteeing that heavy-cargo vehicles choose the best routes. If truck navigation is integrated into the fleet management system (FMS) and the on-board computer, it will significantly boost the effectiveness in the back office.

The benefits of truck navigation

Truck navigation supports a safe, flawless transport. It helps carriers prevent, for example, trucks getting stuck in city traffic or under a bridge, or that the driver chooses a tunnel that is hazardous (for his cargo). Moreover, the truck navigation tools help carriers lower fuel costs.

Truck navigation and back office

The back office manages a carrier’s logistics chain. Back office staff are responsible for the order process, from order through to invoicing, and for planning the use of vehicles on the road. By integrating truck navigation into transport software, such as FMS, the back office will work more efficiently. For example, the planning is more accurate and the staff is continually updated on details like the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of the trucks. In this way, truck navigation allows carriers to lift customer services to higher levels.

Truck navigation and GeoFencing

Transport firms that combine truck navigation with GeoFencing can strongly raise their productivity and customer satisfaction levels. After all, they can easily monitor every movement of their fleet within the predefined zones. The back office can define rules that trigger automatic alarms, for example when a vehicle will or will not (timely) arrive at or leave a specific location or when the driver parks his truck on an unsafe parking lot. When choosing the Exception-Based Management option, the back office will only get an alarm if predefined rules are breached, so that dispatchers can better focus on their core tasks.