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Several ITS technologies support motor carriers with their day-to-day operations: automated vehicle location (AVL)/computer-aided design (CAD) technologies assist with scheduling and tracking of vehicle loads; on-board monitoring of cargo can alert drivers and carriers of potentially unsafe load conditions; and traveler information can help carriers choose alternate routes and departure times, avoid traffic, bypass inclement weather, and arrive on time.


A Chinese study finds that e-commerce delivery services have potential to reduce traffic congestion by as much as 1.4 percent over baseline congestion.(01/08/2019)

Full deployment of mobility applications may be capable of eliminating more than 1/3rd of the travel delay that is caused by congestion.(12/10/12)

HAZMAT safety and security technologies can have tremendous societal cost savings well beyond the break even point for benefits and costs.(11 November 2004)

HAZMAT safety and security technologies can reduce the potential for terrorist consequences by approximately 36 percent.(11 November 2004)

Estimated benefits for shippers using an integrated shipment, equipment, and freight status information system equate to a 6.2 percent reduction in shipment costs.(September 2003)

In Scandinavia, vehicles equipped with a GPS-based tracking system and on-board monitoring systems were able to reduce wasted mileage and emissions in southern and central Sweden, and increase freight movement by 15 percent.(May/June 1997)

Fleet Increases Productivity by 15% using AVL System(April 1995)

In Europe, several projects investigated management systems designed to improve the operating efficiency of carriers. Centralized route planning systems reduced vehicle travel distances 18 percent and decreased travel time 14 percent.(1994-1998)

An ATA Foundation study (1992) found that trucking companies who use computer aided dispatch systems can make more runs per truck per day, and improve productivity by 5 to 25 percent.(1992)

Signal Priority operations shown to improve connected bus travel times by 8.2 percent and connected truck travel times by 39.7 percent.(08/19/2015)

Intelligent traffic signal systems can reduce average vehicle delay by 17 to 23 percent with 50 percent connected vehicle market penetration.(08/19/2015)

Telematics technology provides many benefits to trucking fleets.(08/26/2019)

Introduction of delivery fleet tracking system results in fuel savings of $4,815 across the five-truck fleet during a month long pilot program.(March/April 2012)

Tire pressure monitoring and maintenance systems improved motor carrier fuel economy by 1.4 to 1.8 percent.(02/24/2011)

HAZMAT safety and security technologies can have tremendous societal cost savings well beyond the break even point for benefits and costs.(11 November 2004)

HAZMAT safety and security technologies can reduce the potential for terrorist consequences by approximately 36 percent.(11 November 2004)

A series of interviews with commercial vehicle operators across the U.S. indicated that truck and motorcoach drivers are in strong agreement in favor of some ITS applications, but have mixed opinions about other applications. (1997)

ITS CVO applications for on-board safety monitoring were projected to have a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 0.02:1 to 0.49:1.(1996)

Several carriers reported that on-board monitoring systems enable carriers to increase loaded mileage by 9 to 16 percent, decrease operating costs, and save drivers time in reporting their status to dispatchers.(January 1992)

Telematics technology provides many benefits to trucking fleets.(08/26/2019)

Sixty-seven (67) percent of truck drivers reported that receiving real-time parking information via onboard computer applications significantly improved their ability to find parking.(January 2017)

The Colorado Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) is projected to have a benefit-to-cost ratio of 7:1.(04/14/2016)

Regional Truck Parking Information and Management Systems have a benefit-to-cost ratio of 4.27.(2015)

Final Report of the FORETELL Consortium Operational Test: Weather Information for Surface Transportation(April 2003)

FleetForward Evaluation, Final Report.(October 2000)

A self-driving delivery truck completed a cross-country trip in under three days.(12/11/2019)

Drone delivery can reduce delivery time of blood samples by 78 percent. (10/18/2019)

Use of common carrier lockers for urban freight delivery to Seattle Municipal Tower reduces total delivery time by 78 percent, with zero failed deliveries.(10/01/2018)

Truck platooning demonstration in Texas observes upper ranges of fuel-savings of 40 percent for the follower vehicle and 20 percent for the leader vehicle.(08/07/2018)

Study finds that 55.7 percent of all classifiable miles driven were platoonable, presenting the opportunity for significant fuel and emissions savings.(04/03/2018)

A field test suggests that self-driving trucks not subject to driver hours-of-service (HOS) limits can reduce coast-to-coast travel times by 60 percent.(02/06/2018)

Drone-augmented package delivery simulation shows cost savings upward of 28 percent per delivery.(January 2018)

A simulation effort shows that wide-area coordinated truck platooning can reduce fuel consumption by 7 percent.(11/13/2017)

Autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs) which are expected to dominate regular parcel delivery in urban areas by 2025, will produce an estimated 40 percent savings in delivery costs.(09/01/2016)

Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control in trucks could yield energy savings of 20-25 percent.(March 2015)

In Maryland, electronic screening and credentialing systems deployed as part of the CVISN program had an overall estimated benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 3.28 to 4.68.(November 1998)

Commercially available, off-the-shelf technology that enhances the safety and security of hazmat transportation operations ranges in cost from $250 to $3,500 per vehicle.(31 August 2004)

Cost of remote asset tracking device begins at approximately $800 per trailer.(22 June 2000)

Commercially available, off-the-shelf technology that enhances the safety and security of hazmat transportation operations ranges in cost from $250 to $3,500 per vehicle.(31 August 2004)

A seaport technology program planned for the Port of Oakland was projected to cost $30.6 million.(01/29/2018)

The Colorado Truck Parking Information Management System (TPIMS) has a total estimated capital cost of $9 million.(04/14/2016)

The cost to deploy a real-time truck parking information system was estimated at $391,000 per rest area.(06/02/2015)

An intelligent truck parking management system using cameras to detect parking availability and automatically notify drivers via a website, in-cab messaging, and roadside dynamic message sign costs $70,000 to $120,000.(September 2014)

Implementation of electronic logging devices in commercial vehicles with onboard communications devices to cost $5 to $10 per vehicle.(11/25/2014)

Fleet Center Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $12000 - O&M cost/unit - $240(July 2005)

Fleet Center Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $9000 - O&M cost/unit - $180(July 2005)

Fiber Optic Cable - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Dynamic Message Sign - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Truck Parking Information Systems Integration - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Truck Parking Information System Operational Support - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Static Signage - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

CCTV Camera - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Truck Parking Information System Software Maintenance/Licensing - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Fiber Optics Communications Network (Wide Area) - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Fiber Optic Network Equipment - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Vehicle Detector - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Utilities Connection - Capital cost/unit - $50000(06/02/2015)

Transponder Reader - Capital cost/unit - $9000(August 2009)

Design the system to withstand the demands of the physical environment in which it will be deployed.(4/1/2002)

Design and tailor system technology to deliver information of useful quality and quantity, that the user can reasonably absorb.(4/1/2002)

Experiences from truck parking information system pilot demonstrate that detectors must be properly oriented to the roadway and should be calibrated daily to maintain high detector accuracy.(May 2018)

A Smart City must address real-world challenges, not just deploy technology. (01/03/2017)

Prototype FRATIS designs should be flexible and able to accommodate changes within stakeholder organizations and user feedback.(May 22, 2015)

Drayage optimization algorithms may not apply equally in different operating scenarios, it is important to develop a deep understanding of the environment in which a solution will be deployed in advance of deploying an algorithm or prototype.(May 22, 2015)

Beware of accuracy and privacy issues in using truck transponder data for developing real-time traveler information applications.(August 2009)

Participate in truckers' meetings to advertise new freight advanced traveler information systems, communicate changes in existing systems, and obtain feedback from stakeholders.(January 2003)

College officials should consider food-delivery robots and other ways to support students' campus dining needs. (11/05/2019)

Consider requirements of fully implementing common carrier locker systems in public locations to allow room for expansion post-pilot.(10/01/2018)