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How Telematics is Transforming Trailers

You may roll your eyes or groan when I say trailers are “trailing” behind tractors in telematics technology use by fleets — but it’s true. Transportation technology experts say trailer telematics have the potential to transform maintenance and freight management. But it hasn’t happened yet, for a lot of reasons.

For starters, given the much larger number of components on a tractor than on a trailer, it simply made sense for developers to focus telematics efforts there first. And thus far, there hasn’t been significant pull-through from OEM customers demanding trailer telematics to “prime the pump,” says Jim Epler, executive vice president for Phillips Connect.

And at the moment, trailer makers are faced with more immediate concerns.

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