When you know the road ahead, you have the freedom to navigate it how you see fit.
This is the vision of real-time optimization behind Edmonton-based Drivewyze, which uses technology to help commercial drivers avoid delays and stay safe.
The Alberta company, founded in 2011, is known for its flagship product, PreClear, which uses cellular and GPS technology to provide real-time information to truck drivers and fleets, allowing them to bypass weigh stations and inspection sites when safe and legal to do so.
PreClear provides bypass opportunities at nearly 900 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites across 46 states and provinces from a smartphone or tablet with no need for transponders.
“You should know how much time your trucks are spending in and around weigh stations, so we use real-time data to show you those losses,” the transportation technology company explains. “With reporting at all North American weigh stations and mobile inspection sites, it’s easy to see how pull-ins impact your operations and how bypassing with Drivewyze PreClear can help.”
Drivewyze also offers “Safety+,” a range of tech-enabled alert products. The company works with government agencies and carriers “to identify critical locations across North America and actively curate a proprietary library of alerts that prevents incidents by ensuring that drivers have the time and information they need to safely respond to the road ahead.”
“Stay ahead of the curve with free, real-time safety notifications that give drivers more time to respond to what’s ahead, whether it’s a low bridge, traffic congestion, a steep grade, tight curve, or places where a sudden slowdown is required,” Drivewyze states online.
This month, Drivewyze added another state, Pennsylvania, to its network of PreClear supporters.
“This is a key new state in our network and we’re ecstatic to now have Pennsylvania on board,” stated Brian Heath, CEO of Drivewyze, recently. “Pennsylvania is a major thoroughfare for freight transport, and this will give our PreClear customers additional opportunities for bypass—saving time and money, while allowing drivers to pull more miles.”
The state was an important add for other reasons as well.
“Inspection officers in Pennsylvania rotate where inspections take place—sites are not operated on a fixed schedule,” said Heath, noting 37 inspection locations either at rest areas or welcome centres at state borders. “Since our system is mobile and can ‘go with’ inspection officers, it allows the state to offer our bypass service wherever inspections are taking place.”
Rebecca Oyler, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, is “pleased that Drivewyze and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are working together to provide this service.” She believes supporting PreClear is a win-win for the state, drivers, and Drivewyze alike.
“Inspection bypass is a great service offering for our members and it’s something trucking companies have been asking for,” Oyler stated recently. “With congestion and other delays, bypass gives truckers the opportunity to stay on the road, keeping deliveries flowing, while allowing enforcement the opportunity to inspect trucks that truly do need inspecting.”