The connected truck is nothing new. Twenty-five years ago, trucking became the first commercial market for the then-revolutionary service of wireless mobile data over satellites.
Today, those short text messages transmitted over faraway satellites seem quaint, and they are. As wireless data speeds and capacity increased in giant leaps and new technologies like GPS and electronic engine controls became commonplace, the capabilities of the connected truck expanded exponentially. From geofencing to remote diagnostics, connected trucks are now actively shaping fleet operations, impacting everything from asset optimization and regulatory compliance to customer service. With estimates that nearly 30% of all Class 3 to 8 trucks are now connected in some fashion, you could say commercial vehicles are being transformed into yet another mobile device.