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ALK Icon Mobile Devices Transform Vacations

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A new study commissioned by CoPilot highlights the ways in which mobile devices have transformed the American vacation.

The “Vacation Technology Survey” found that 89 percent of people bring a smartphone with them on vacation. Over half of respondents also brought multiple devices with them, the most popular of which being a tablet (54 percent) or laptop computer (53 percent).

The portability and versatility of mobile devices has transformed vacations. Ten or 15 years ago, thick guidebooks and paper maps were required to fully understand and navigate a vacation destination. Today, vacationers are turning to their smartphones to perform these functions.

In fact, local search (93 percent) and GPS directions (77 percent) were the two most cited uses for a smartphone or tablet. GPS apps were also cited as the most popular way to navigate, beating out personal navigation devices (32 percent), paper maps (32 percent) and printed directions (31 percent).

“Mobile devices allow vacationers to travel more like a local than a tourist,” said David Quin, vice president of consumer business at ALK Technologies. “You can discover all the best places to eat, the best sites to see and then get there without getting lost. With CoPilot, you can do both local search and navigation from a single app. Exploring a vacation destination has never been easier or more reliable.”

However, even as most vacationers rely on their devices for navigation and search, they can’t rely on mobile networks to provide adequate coverage. 83 percent of respondents indicated a lack of reliable mobile service while on vacation. Coupled with the fact that only 15 percent check mobile coverage before they leave, there are many people who can’t fully use their mobile devices on vacation.

“While some carriers claim to cover 90 percent of the country, that’s population, not geography,” said Quin. “Vacations are times to go to the mountains, beach, desert or other rural and remote locations. These are precisely the areas with unreliable mobile service.”

This presents an issue for the 80 percent who use mobile devices for GPS directions, as many GPS apps rely on mobile connection to steam map data. No connection, no map. No map, no directions.

However, you can avoid this with CoPilot’s offline navigation. CoPilot downloads all map data to the device. With maps stored on the device, vacationers are never without directions, no matter how remotely they travel.

The survey found that one aspect of vacations wasn’t changed by technology. Men are still less likely to ask for directions, even if it’s from their GPS app. Men used each category of directions (GPS apps, personal navigation devices, paper maps and printed directions) less than women. They were, however, more included to use “Other” methods for directions. What those are will have to be the subject of our next survey.

For more information, please access the full survey brief or survey infographic.

 

CoPilot is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.

ALK Icon New Tech Makes Weigh Station Bypass Easier

CoPilot Truck users know that cell phones and smart phones are no longer just for staying connected, but are helping truckers reach new heights in productivity.

And now thanks to technology developed by Drivewyze, smartphones and other in-truck devices can now use existing cellular networks to transmit bypass requests at weigh stations. This means that commercial truck drivers now have a choice in bypass programs, beyond the traditional transponder based programs.2 miles

Drivewyze is currently offering its bypass program at 333 fixed weigh stations and mobile inspection sites in 25 states, and works on a driver’s existing smartphone, tablet, or other in-cab device. The service also provides a free “heads-up” alert when approaching other weigh stations across the United States.

How One Owner Operator Saved $8,800 in just 12 months
Mike Shatney, an owner operator since 2006, has witnessed what Drivewyze can offer. Shatney, who hauls milk throughout the eastern seaboard, had a pull-in rate of just 3 percent over the last year – 1,053 bypass opportunities with 1,021 granted – thanks to Drivewyze

On an average, Shatney has had about 60 bypasses a month, and saved nearly $8,800 in time and fuel over the last 12 months. That works out to 85 hours in time savings, and 408 gallons of fuel saved. Despite those numbers, Shatney said the reward in using mobile-based inspection bypass is more than just the fuel he’s saving.

“For me, the reward comes from getting good loads, and the ability to bypass while others are stuck waiting to go through weigh stations,” he added. “It saves me anywhere from 20 minutes to half hour at each weigh station.”

Check out the video to learn more about Mike Shatney’s experience with Drivewyze.

See for yourself with a 30 day free trial!

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ALK Icon It has Arrived! PC*MILER 28 Now Available

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Throughout the year ALK’s product, design and development teams look into ways to improve, streamline and fine-tune the usability of PC*MILER’s features.  In Version 28, this year’s annual release, significant usability improvements were made to the importing of custom places.  PC*MILER gives users the capability to assign their own names to locations in the database.  Once a custom place is created, users can enter it as a stop on a route.  In PC*MILER 28, users now have the flexibility to assign a custom place to their own defined category name.  We expect this feature to help users better organize their custom places and make it easier to identify them on the PC*MILER RouteMap.

We also kept usability in mind when we implemented the new Route Profiles Manager, which provides the ability to create and save custom routing profiles.  The new tool enables users to create and save groups of routing options under a name of their choosing.  The profile can then be selected each time a route is run that requires the route options in that profile.  Using this feature will increase efficiency when working with fleets that have multiple modes of transport, all with different routing needs.

ALK continues to search for innovative ways to help our customers with their routing, mileage and mapping needs.  After 15 years here at ALK, I’ve had the opportunity to work with both the PC*MILER routing and map data and its features and functionality within the software to help ensure the value that PC*MILER brings to the process of solving the complex challenges facing the transportation industry today.

For more PC*MILER 28 details, click here.

 KARA JO ONEIL

Kara Jo O’Neil, Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Solutions

ALK Icon Achieving True Route Compliance

Looking to achieve true route compliance?  We can help.

Companies today want their vehicles to drive specific pre-planned routes for billing and operational reasons, but once a driver is behind the wheel that’s not always the case.  That’s why we’ve developed RouteSync, our unique capability that synchronizes the planned route in the back office with the navigated route in the cab.  With RouteSync, dispatchers can send PC*MILER optimized routes directly to drivers to follow through CoPilot Truck in-cab navigation.

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Once the route is driven, you can take it a step further and use our CoPilot FleetPortal tool to visualize routes and generate fleet-wide reports on vehicle compliance to planned routes.  An extremely useful tool for identifying driver coaching opportunities that can lead to reduced fuel usage.

Want to learn more?  Check out our recent webinar from the

PC*MILER Tutorial Series: Achieving True Route Compliance

 

Dwayne Lazarre

Dwayne Lazarre, Manager Fleet Sales – Enterprise Solutions, ALK Technologies.

ALK Icon Generating Hazmat Compliant Routes and Mileage

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Did you know that PC*MILER offers routing, mileage and mapping specific to the needs of hauling hazardous materials and dangerous goods?

PC*MILER|HazMat extends PC*MILER’s features by incorporating federal, state and local routing rules, restrictions and allowances to generate hazmat-compliant routes for general, corrosive, explosive, flammable, inhalant, and radioactive hazmats.  PC*MILER|HazMat enables users to easily compare rating mileage and hazmat mileage, allowing for the creation of compensating rate factors to support short- and long-term rate negotiations and the ability to better estimate actual operating costs. Read More…

ALK Icon The 2014 ALK Transportation Technology Summit – 10th Anniversary!

The 2014 ALK Transportation Technology Summit was truly special this year, as it marked our 10th anniversary of the event.

Although our event remained in Princeton, NJ this year, we switched up both our Golf Outing venue, moving to Springdale Golf Club, as well as our Dinner Reception venue, relocating back to the Nassau Inn, the location of our very first Summit in 2005!  Both venues were a huge success.

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In addition to the events, we hope you enjoyed all of the networking opportunities, and general sessions. It was an honor to have former Secretary of transportation Ray Lahood onboard to share his current views.  Another agenda highlight was the CIO panel discussion focused on critical industry issues and best practices.   Each year we try to improve our content so that attendees leave with actionable information to help streamline their business’ operational efficiencies.

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We encourage you to take our quick, 5 minute, post-event survey. Your feedback allows us to better understand what we can do to make this event more successful for you. Knowing what you want helps us plan for future years.

For a recap of the event and all of our presentations, view our Overview Summary.

PDF versions of the presentations can be found on our website at http://www.alktechsummit.com/presentations.html. Video versions of the presentations will be available in mid-June.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Summit – details about our 2015 event will be released in late summer.

If you have any additional comments or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at dpetrone@alk.com.

Dana Petrone, Marketing Events Manager

ALK Icon CoPilot Cares: Distracted Driving Awareness

Driver safety has always been and remains a priority for ALK.  Our CoPilot and CoPilot Truck apps for mobile devices were specifically designed with driver safety in mind.  We hope you take advantage of all these distraction-reducing features not only this month but all year round.  Please join us in in urging drivers to recognize Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

At any given moment in America, 660 thousand people are using a cell phone or electronic device while driving. This is why the National Safety Council and others have dedicated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

 Truck-Legal Navigation & Routing

Consumer-based car navigation apps are simply not an option for truck drivers. They need a truck-specific navigation app, such as CoPilot Truck, that routes trucks based on their vehicle size and load type. This not only keeps truck drivers safe, but makes the road safer for all other passenger vehicles as well.

To find out more, check out our video of CoPilot Truck:

Find out more on our CoPilot North America blog.