Len Klie

Voice Comes to the Trucking Industry

For long-haul truck drivers, the road can be a lonely place, and long hours behind the wheel don’t help. But now, thanks to speech technologies, neither of those has to be a problem.

FleetUp, a provider of comprehensive electronic logging devices (ELD) and hours of service (HOS) compliance solutions, has launched the  Voice Over HOS (VoHOS) solution integrated into its HOS app. FleetUp VoHOS provides automatic voice assistance to alert drivers to possible HOS infractions and step-by-step instructions on how to stay in compliance.

The app, which is currently available for Android mobile devices, is triggered by HOS events, such as trip status, remaining driving hours, potential violations, DVIR completion reminders, app training, and usage. Leveraging step-by-step voice instructions to comply with ELD regulations, the Voice Assistance feature reminds drivers to log out and end trips, complete pre- and post-DVIRs, and take necessary breaks to avoid shift violations.

An interactive tutorial mode guides users through the app, which is currently available in English and Spanish, with additional support soon to be available for Vietnamese-, Portuguese-, and French-speaking drivers.

“FleetUp HOS was designed with safety, simplicity, and ease of use in mind, not just for those managing the data, but also for the drivers who are on the forefront of being responsible for complying with ELD regulations,” said Ezra Kwak, chief technology officer at FleetUp, in a statement. “As a FMCSA-certified platform, HOS violations can be eliminated when complying with Voice Assistance commands within the app.”

The FleetUp HOS Companion App is available for download immediately from Google Play for Android devices and in 45 days from the AppStore for iOS devices, and is included with any FleetUp ELD or Fleet Management subscription purchase, starting at $25.