TMW Systems introduced TruETA at the TMW Systems and PeopleNet in.site User Conference + Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. The trip planning and execution tool calculates estimated time of arrival for each stop along a commercial truck’s route.
Available to users of TMW’s Innovative IES, TMW.Suite, TMWSuite, and TruckMate transportation management solutions, TruETA is a cloud-based solution that automates the calculation of estimated time of arrival based on current vehicle position, PeopleNet driver hours of service, and real-time and predictive traffic patterns. The solution also generates red-yellow-green alerts indicating the likelihood of each vehicle to meet its customers’ scheduled delivery times, reducing the need for dispatcher-driver phone calls and mobile communications messages.
Commercial and private fleets can use TruETA to help reduce operating costs while improving on-time delivery performance, according to company officials. The tool replaces the “local knowledge” and manual data entry with automated, fact-based calculations derived from current vehicle location, updated hours of service information, and the PC*Miler industry-standard commercial truck routing engine from ALK Technologies, which includes real-time and predictive traffic speeds along each assigned route. In addition, TruETA uses the ALK Maps commercial mapping platform to visualize live traffic flows, as well as weather overlays of current conditions including radar, cloud cover, alerts and road surface conditions, to quickly identify potential scheduling issues.
TruETA also accounts for required driver rest breaks and calculates remaining hours of service at each destination with PC*Miler’s hours of service planning engine to support accurate, advanced plans.
“Hitting the customer’s delivery window is no longer an aspirational goal for carriers – it is imperative from a customer service score and financial standpoint,” said Ray West, senior vice president and general manager, TMS solutions for TMW. “TruETA helps eliminate much of the guesswork and manual data that comes with the trip planning process, and helps fleets reduce the risk of a dissatisfied customer.”