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 field operational test (FOT). Volvo Link Technology gathers "fuel economy" data. Green Roads Technology gathers "safety" data (data on when and where hard braking, sudden acceleration, etc., occurs). The trucks were comprised of 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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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Section 5503 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) set aside funding for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to study the application of wireless technology to improve the safety and efficiency of trucking operations. The resulting study, called the Motor Carrier Efficiency Study (MCES), consists of five program elements, one of which is truck-based fuel monitoring and operations management. In September 2009, FMCSA and a contractor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, awarded a contract to test and evaluate benefits of a fuel monitoring and operations management system.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $471992
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kwan, Quon

  • Performing Organizations:

    KLS Engineering, LLC

    45155 Research Pl # 200
    Ashburn, VA  United States  20147
  • Start Date: 20100900
  • Expected Completion Date: 20111200
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140400

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01627867
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2017 11:06AM