Drivewyze Free can alert drivers to potential hazards such as traffic slowing down ahead.  -  Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze Free can alert drivers to potential hazards such as traffic slowing down ahead.

Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze is now offering a free service that delivers in-cab safety messages to all commercial truck drivers, not just Drivewyze customers.

The core message sets are available across North American freight corridors and include a Drivewyze-sponsored set of alerts and advisories, including heads-up warnings for high-rollover risk areas, low bridges, mountain alerts (steep grade ahead; chain-up/brake check stations; and runaway ramps), and rest area information (truck parking availability).

The announcement was made during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Drivewyze Free

The new service, called Drivewyze Free, allows fleets and drivers — using telematics devices, tablets, and smartphones — to receive in-cab safety alerts and advisories notifying them of potentially risky areas on the roadway.

Drivewyze said it operates the largest connected truck network in North America, with more than 125 telematic service provider partnerships and the largest cross-platform deployment of in-cab, always-on, software in the trucking industry.

Previously, many fleets subscribing to Drivewyze services received free in-cab safety alerts through the Drivewyze Safety Notifications bundle.

Drivewyze is now offering free in-cab safety alerts to all drivers and fleets.  -  Photo: Drivewyze

Drivewyze is now offering free in-cab safety alerts to all drivers and fleets.

Photo: Drivewyze

Traffic Slowdown Alerts

In addition, Drivewyze Free includes access to agency-sponsored real-time traffic slowdowns and other safety alerts generated in partnership with select state transportation and enforcement agencies through the Drivewyze Smart Roadways highway safety program for connected trucks.

“Advance notice for routes experiencing sudden or unexpected traffic slowdowns give truck drivers time to prepare,” said Brian Heath, CEO of Drivewyze. “In North Carolina, where we partnered with the North Carolina DOT, studies found that 70% of drivers that received an alert slowed down ahead of an incident. And the slowdown was significant -- on average by 11 mph compared to 2 mph in a control group.”

Participating DOTs include:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Virginia

In addition, the Pennsylvania Turnpike is participating, as is the Colorado State Police, and Wyoming Highway Patrol.

Currently, real-time message sets can include warnings for sudden and unexpected slowdowns, virtual safety signs, and public emergency broadcasts. The Smart Roadways program is expected to grow with additional transportation agencies announcing their participation in the near future. 

“We know many of our essential alerts and advisories modify behavior — drivers slow down and apply less hard braking,” said Heath. “It makes them safer behind the wheel.”

According to Heath, studies have shown that essential safety alerts and advisories foster safer roadways.

“Unsafe driving behavior is a leading cause of truck crashes,” he said. “Messaging delivered in the vehicle, where and when drivers need it most, shows the power of connected truck technology to positively affect driving behavior.

"For instance, when approaching a high-rollover area, we have data that shows our alerts have reduced speed by an average of 7.3 mph for those that are going more than 5 mph over the posted speed limit. That’s an impactful difference and an example of the power of in-cab messaging to improve driver behavior and highway safety.”

Divewyze said a NHTSA study showed crashes on interstates represent nearly 30% of all collisions, and many are secondary incidents where a truck or car rear-ended a vehicle that was in a queue from an initial crash. Forty-six percent of secondary crashes occurred over an hour after the initial crash.

Drivewyze Safety Notifications Renamed

Many fleets already subscribing to Drivewyze services, such as the PreClear weigh station bypass service or the Drivewyze Safety+ driver coaching service, have been receiving free in-cab safety alerts as part of an optional bundle called Drivewyze Safety Notifications.

That service will now be renamed Drivewyze Free and expanded to include truck parking information and additional Smart Roadway state programs. Additional Drivewyze Free features and alerts will be added on a regular basis, automatically, without any interruption to a driver’s in-cab experience, and with no action required from a participating fleet.

“In collaboration with our telematics and transportation agency partners, we are excited to be giving this essential safety service to the trucking industry at no cost. There are no strings attached," Heath said. “We’re a safety-driven company joined by like-minded agencies and telematics partners to leverage vehicle-to-infrastructure networks to improve highway safety for everyone. We’re hoping all fleets will utilize this free offering to give their drivers technology that can truly make a difference to their safety.”

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