Telematics data critical in providing accurate reflection of each truck’s capabilities
Vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions specialist Ctrack by Inseego is once again throwing its weight behind Truck Test 2017. The gathering will see 12 heavy commercial trucks demonstrate their capabilities in a one-day test organised by the magazine FOCUS on Transport and Logistics and Martin Dammann from Truck Science.
Truck Test is a well-known event for the trucking industry especially with those involved in logistics and supply chain distribution. It provides a platform for objective, real-world information for truck owners to make educated buying decisions of the most popular trucks on South Africa’s roads. This year’s test is open to 6×4 truck tractors, with the loads being the same for each trailer type.
Ctrack has installed its advanced fleet management solution into all participating vehicles, which will allow for accurate recording of driving paramaters as set out by the organisers of Truck Test 2017. In addition to providing tachograph-style reports for each vehicle, it will monitor adherence to speed limits en-route and route compliance. Ctrack will also give participants real-time visibility via their smartphones or tablets, for easy access to vehicle information.
“Truck Test 2017 is a real-world simulation to see how the vehicles of different manufacturers perform on a well-known trucking corridor. We know that trucking is all about time and real-time measurement is not negotiable in the industry. Our telematics solution measures key factors such as fuel consumption and speed to assist in determining the payload productivity factor of each truck,” says Hein Jordt, MD of Ctrack Fleet Management Solutions. “The Truck Test results add credibility to a manufacturer’s vehicle and give fleet owners additional insights when looking to enhance their operations and maximise productivity.”
“The final meeting for the preparation of Truck Test 2017 has taken place and excitement is in the air. The best news is that we’ve received a few last-minute entries, which makes the test even more significant,” says Charleen Clarke, editor of FOCUS on Transport and Logistics.
She stresses that the test is not run as a competition, but as a demonstration of the vehicles’ capabilities. “It allows us to highlight many of the vehicles available to local buyers who are looking for 6×4 truck tractors and are keen to find out what the various options have to offer,” she concludes.
Participants will depart from the Engen Blockhouse One Stop southbound facility on the R59 on Wednesday, 29 March. They will then head towards Durban and turn around at the bottom of Van Reenen’s pass to return to the start point. The one round-trip is approximately 640 km long, translating to about ten hours’ driving.