Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management And Information Systems, Technical Memorandum 1, Classification Of Fleet Operations, And Selection Of Candidate Case-Study Fleets
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Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management And Information Systems, Technical Memorandum 1, Classification Of Fleet Operations, And Selection Of Candidate Case-Study Fleets

  • 1994-11-04

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      THE ECONOMIC WELL-BEING AND COMPETITIVENESS OF THE U.S. ECONOMY DEPEND HEAVILY ON RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT FREIGHT MOVEMENTS. TRUCKING ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 75 PERCENT ($270 BILLION) OF THE $350 BILLION SPENT ANNUALLY ON FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION. THE APPLICATION OF INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS (ITS)L TECHNOLOGIES, SUCH AS AUTOMATED VEHICLE TRACKING AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS, ONBOARD COMPUTERS, AND ROUTING AND DISPATCHING SYSTEMS, CAN GREATLY ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TRUCK FLEET MANAGEMENT. SOME TRUCKING, BUS, AND SERVICE FLEETS HAVE READILY ADOPTED THESE TECHNOLOGIES, BUT MANY OTHERS HAVE BEEN SLOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM.

      TO DATE, MUCH OF THE WORK ON ITS FOR COMMERCIAL VEHICLE OPERATIONS (ITS/CVO) APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN PUSHED BY TECHNOLOGY; RELATIVELY LITTLE ATTENTION HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE FLEET MANAGEMENT NEEDS OF MOTOR CARRIERS, INTERSTATE BUS FLEETS, AND URBAN SERVICE FLEETS. THIS STUDY WILL BEGIN TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND SHOW HOW THE DEVELOPMENT OF ITS COMMERCIAL VEHICLE APPLICATIONS MIGHT RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THESE FLEETS AND THE CUSTOMERS THEY SERVE. BECAUSE THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF BETTER FLEET MANAGEMENT MAY BE SIGNIFICANT, AND BECAUSE POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS MAY CROSS GOVERNMENTAL OR JURISDICTIONAL BOUNDARIES, THE STUDY ALSO WILL EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A FEDERAL ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SYSTEMS TO MEET THESE NEEDS

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