You may manage your log books manually – with pen, paper, and a fax machine. Keep Truckin Inc. has developed a mobile software that could change all that.
The Keep Truckin application automatically keeps track of hours worked and other pertinent information so drivers can easily manage their schedules and communicate with their fleet managers. With the ability to be used on any smartphone, and to remove a whole lot of hassle, the application could revolutionize the way trucking companies do business.
Not only does the software automatically record driving time, but also distance traveled. It then sends the log automatically to the dispatcher. Drivers receive alerts when they exceed the speed limit or hours of service, as well as when there’s a problem with the logs themselves – such as a missing signature.
The app includes a guide for pre-trip inspections, which drivers can use to check off critical items. With the driver’s permission, it can utilize the phone’s GPS capabilities to send geolocation data to fleet managers so they can track drivers in real time, as well as send instant messages. Keep Truckin also allows teams to communicate information about a load’s status on a special load status page.
Visually appealing and easy to use, the design mimics a traditional logbook so the driver won’t have to completely readjust to a new system.
Keep Truckin further simplifies a truck driver’s job by relieving him of a number of administrative tasks. For example, he’ll no longer have to pay to fax handwritten logs at truck stops.
Started by a San Francisco company of 8 employees, the app recently won an honorable-mention award from U.S. Department of Transportation in their Data Innovation Challenge. Keep Truckin Inc. has already received $2.3 million in financing from a variety of investors including Google Ventures.
For more information and to see the application in action, visit: www.keeptruckin.com
Check out this video, also available for viewing on their website, in which the company explains the ins-and-outs of the application: