Whether you are a truck driver, fleet manager, or someone who belongs to the trucking industry, you probably know how important a GPS system is for fleet optimization, cargo coordination, and fuel cost minimization. Before getting deep into the benefits of GPS navigation is for the trucking business, let’s understand what is GPS.
GPS stands for Global Positioning System. The system uses signals transmitted by orbiting satellites to pinpoint a device’s location and determine any movement over time. On its own, GPS has limitations as it only provides basic information such as coordinates and a few other statistics, but when combined with other technology, such as maps, and incorporated into navigational systems, it becomes a very powerful tool.
Perhaps the most common use for GPS is in navigation systems. Combined with map technology, it becomes a powerful tool for road vehicles and boats. GPS can pinpoint a device’s location with accuracy and by comparing coordinates, the statistics can be used to calculate a device’s direction of movement and speed. This information can be used to provide step-by-step directions from Point A to Point B in real-time.
Navigation using GPS is generally very easy and requires minimal skill or effort, certainly when compared to traditional methods and technologies, such as map-reading. Our trucking GPS navigation with real-time updates will ensure the safest route, the user just has to input the ‘origin’- ‘destination’ and the device will do the rest.
Other than driver fatigue, many unpredictable challenges can happen on the road. Our solution is Truck Map, where changing road conditions and challenges are predicted in real-time. This is one of the great benefits of GPS.
As well as navigation, GPS can also be used to provide information on the local area. For instance, finding out where the nearest truck stops or weigh station, truck parking, or rest area is located. This is convenient when you are on a long road trip and need to find a place to stop for food, fuel, sleep, and so on.
One of the great things about GPS is that it is all happening in real-time. That means that you can be notified if there is a traffic accident or another type of hold-up ahead, or if you are approaching an area where there is a severe weather event occurring. Not only can this shorten your journey time, but also improve safety.
GPS gives you route choices in live time, enabling flexibility. You can choose a route according to your particular needs or desires. If you take a wrong turn, a new route can be calculated using GPS. If your route becomes blocked by an incident, GPS can be used to calculate a new pathway.
TruckBook builds technologies with fleets in mind: our business models and technology stack adapt accordingly. TruckBook helps drivers navigate as safely, comfortably, and efficiently as possible. The TruckBook GPS is one of the most advanced on the market and includes support for trucks and consumption models. In providing the most fuel-efficient, compliant routes, the API takes into account factors such as height, length, weight, and avoid Toll Roads.
To know more about Mapping data for truckers hop up to our next blog “How to use TruckBook map’‘
If you need help monitoring GPS solutions for your trucks, TruckBook can help. Leave your question in the comments or contact us today.
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