A New Kind of Drive-by

This article describes how the company Drivewyze is aiming to revolutionize the way weigh station bypass systems work with its Pre-Clear system. Truck drivers know the drill: pull off the high­way at every weigh station and wait. Carriers know the drill, too: every minute spent waiting there translates directly into dollars lost. Traditionally, the only alternative to this scenario is a transponder-based system, which allows trucks to bypass the sites using technology similar to open road tolling, but only in states and regions where that service is available. There are about 1,300 fixed weigh stations located throughout the United States (US), but many state inspection programs are starting to utilize mobile weigh stations and temporary inspection sites. This new approach does not integrate well with the transponder system, which requires the construction of expensive gantries over the highway. In order to address this challenge, new startup company Drivewyze envisions a universal bypass system that is enabled on something as simple and ubiquitous as a smartphone. Last summer the company introduced Pre-Clear, a new way for commercial vehicles to bypass both permanent weigh stations and temporary inspection sites across North America using the global positioning system (GPS) technology in tablets, smartphones and other in-cab devices. The service leverages cellular networks and the internet to empower mobile devices with transponder-like functionality. This new technology is expected to revolutionize the bypass service industry. Mobile technology and wireless communication systems have matured and the convergence of technology in devices like smartphones have made the PreClear system possible.

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  • Accession Number: 01482892
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 2013 10:21AM