Study of the Impact of a Telematics System on Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving in Trucks

A Baltimore-based motor carrier fleet volunteered 46 new Volvo trucks, each equipped with Volvo Link and Green Roads Technology, for the FOT. Volvo Link Technology gathered "fuel economy" data. Green Roads Technology gathered "safety" data (data on when and where hard braking, sudden acceleration, etc., occured). The trucks comprised 24 day cabs and 22 sleeper cabs. Each group was further split evenly into the control and pilot groups; thus, there were 12 control day cabs, 12 pilot day cabs, 11 control sleeper cabs, and 11 pilot sleeper cabs. The FOT consisted of five stages. Stage 1 was the baseline data collection period during which all drivers were unaware that their driving was monitored. In Stage 2, drivers in the pilot groups were made aware of being monitored and provided with feedback. In Stage 3, drivers in the pilot groups were provided with feedback through the in-cab display. In Stage 4, drivers in the pilot groups were scored and coached if their scores were unsatisfactory. In Stage 5, drivers in the pilot group were provided incentives.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $471992.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kwan, Quon

  • Performing Organizations:

    KLS Engineering

    45155 Research Place, Suite 200
    Ashburn, VA  United States  20147
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boodlal, Leverson

  • Start Date: 20090927
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 30683

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01467635
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:36PM