XPO Logistics trials new tech to alert drivers of possible bridge strikes
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XPO Logistics has announced a partnership with VUE Group, a Radius business, to trial a ‘Low Bridge Alerting System' for commercial transport operations.
In a press release, XPO said it would be evaluating how the new in-cab truck technology during day and night distribution runs from its Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk depot.
The technology comes from UK-based VUE, who provide risk management solutions.
The VUE Low Bridge Alerting System uses telematics to automatically warn a truck driver when low bridges pose a strike risk along the route. The solution, according to XPO, eliminates the potential for human error and stores data histories of alerts that can be accessed for training and documentation purposes.
Referring to the need for such tech, XPO’s press release notes that around 2,000 bridge strikes happen every year in the UK. This is estimated to cost millions of pounds in infrastructure damages, as well as significant truck repair costs and service interruptions.
Commenting on the partnership, Glen Mullins, managing director of VUE Group, said:
“We’re extremely excited to be launching our Low Bridge Alerting System alongside XPO, one of our most valued customers. Their feedback has been invaluable, and we’re delighted the trials have succeeded. We hope to keep creating more solutions with XPO’s input in the future, to continue to help fleet owners solve prevalent issues through innovation.”
Meanwhile, Dan Myers, XPO Logistics’ managing director for UK and Ireland, added:
“Our joint developmental contributions to low bridge, trailer-height technology demonstrate how we live our values of safety, responsibility and innovation. We share these values with our partner VUE Group and are helping to refine their game-changing technology.”