Click Here to Listen to the Podcast - Rolling (Not Roadside) Inspections and Other Feats of Technology
Your driver is navigating her way through the North Carolina countryside when her EOBR begins communicating with a computer at a roadside enforcement site. The EOBR transmits information on the carrier, driver, vehicle identification and HOS where it is downloaded and reviewed in real time. A light on the EOBR notifies your driver everything has checked out as satisfactory and she doesn’t even have to kick off cruise control. She saves time and fuel, your freight arrives without delay and the CSA scores improve. Fantasy, fiction, maybe an Orwellian day dream?
It isn’t reality just yet, but the FMCSA has teamed up with The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Innovative Software Engineering (ISE) to conduct a research project in which commercial vehicles will be inspected wirelessly and without stopping. The pilot project is scheduled to begin in 2015 in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. The best part is they are still looking for fleets meeting a few prerequisites to participate in the pilot program.
Benefits to Participating Carriers
Requirements for Participation
Chris Flanigan, General Engineer, Office of Analysis, Research, and Technology, FMCSA
Mr. Flanigan has been an engineer with the Department of Transportation for over 25 years. He has been with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) since March 2004. Currently, he leads FMCSA efforts on the Wireless Roadside Inspection Program, the International Border Crossing E-Screening Program, and the Work Zone Crash Reduction Program. The goal of each of these efforts is to utilize existing technologies to enhance enforcement processes at the roadside and at U.S. land ports of entry as well as to create better driver awareness of traffic conditions. Mr. Flanigan also leads the FMCSA efforts in the Smart Roadside program. This is a partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and the ITS Joint Programs Office that encompasses technology and information research efforts with commercial vehicle roadside enforcement elements that are crucial to the missions of the agency.
Mark Schumacher, Vice President Business Development – ISE Fleet Services
Mark has over 18 years of management experience in the transportation industry playing leadership roles in product development, marketing, and product management. For the past 10 years Mark has led multiple telematics efforts including all aspects of telematics product development at Navistar. Mark currently leads business development for ISE Fleet Services and is responsible for all aspects of the eFleetSuite compliance product including product management, strategic partnerships, marketing and sales. Mark holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton and MBA from Indiana University.
Gary Capps, Program Manager—Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Transportation Analysis
Mr. Capps is the technical director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Technology Corridor (CMVRTC) operating in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The CMVRTC is FMCSA’s test bed for infrastructure-based real-world testing. His current areas of research include: overweight vehicle violation and performance testing; infrared-based wheel-end inspection qualification testing, performance-based brake tester deployment and usage optimization; the wireless inspection of commercial vehicles; and the detection of fuel theft and tax evasion in petroleum hauling operations.
Robert Foos, Partner—Lewis Wagner, LLC
Rob focuses his practice on the representation of commercial carriers and commercial drivers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He represents several national carriers and a host of local, inter and intra‐state transportation companies. A frequent speaker at national seminars, Rob also works closely with clients, insurers and reinsurers to provide case law updates and presentations on the latest tactics in defending trucking related claims and new technologies in the trucking industry.
Rob is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Illinois and is a member of ALFA’s Transportation Practice Group, the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).