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Drivewyze and Inrix provide real-time traffic alerts to truck drivers in Texas

July 8, 2024
Texas joins nine other states that have partnered with Drivewyze and Inrix in rolling out traffic slowdown alerts as part of their connected truck safety programs.

Drivewyze, a connected truck service provider and the largest public-private weigh station bypass network operator, has announced a new Smart Roadways service with the Texas Department of Transportation to improve highway safety using Drivewyze’s connected truck network and Inrix real-time traffic data.

Through Drivewyze Smart Roadways, 285 miles of Interstate 45 between Dallas and Galveston are currently being monitored, providing truck drivers with in-cab alerts on sudden and unexpected slowdowns of traffic and other hazards. By the end of July, more than 3,000 interstate miles in Texas will be monitored. Texas joins nine other states that have partnered with Drivewyze and Inrix in rolling out traffic slowdown alerts as part of their connected truck safety programs.

The in-cab alerts use visual messages such as “sudden slowdown ahead” along with an audible chime and are configured to allow time for trucks to slow down or stop.

In 2022, there were nearly 4,500 motor vehicle traffic fatalities and nearly 19,000 serious injuries in Texas, which equates to a traffic death every 1 hour and 57 minutes. The latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report showed Texas had the most fatalities involving commercial trucks of any state, with 806.

 See also: Drivewyze partners with Manitoba to implement PreClear weigh station bypass

“We must explore innovative strategies to mitigate crashes within our state. The integration of Drivewyze Smart Roadways with Inrix alerts has the potential to significantly enhance safety for truckers, aiding them in avoiding collisions,” said Darran Anderson, TxDOT’s director of strategy and innovation. “Given that large trucks traveling at highway speeds necessitate twice the stopping distance compared to passenger vehicles, it is prudent to provide targeted alerts tailored to truck drivers. These alerts empower them to anticipate road hazards that may not always be visible ahead. Our collaboration with Drivewyze is an exciting step toward making these alerts accessible to truckers across our state."

Traffic slowdown alerts are offered to the entire trucking industry at no cost. Any commercial truck driver or fleet can access the alerts free of charge through a recently introduced service called Drivewyze Free. This allows fleets and drivers to receive in-cab safety alerts and advisories in advance of potentially risky areas on the roadway.

Drivewyze Free includes access to agency-sponsored real-time traffic slowdown alerts and other alerts and advisories generated in partnership with select state transportation and enforcement agencies. In addition, core message sets include Drivewyze-sponsored alerts and advisories for high-rollover risk areas, low bridges, and mountain alerts.

“Over the last decade, Drivewyze has invested in the in-cab infrastructure and partnerships that allow state transportation agencies to communicate directly with drivers,” said Brian Heath, CEO of Drivewyze. “Our Smart Roadways services, which include alerts for upcoming traffic slowdowns, active work zones, and parked service vehicles, among others, allow these agencies, for the first time, to extend their transportation safety programs into commercial motor vehicles.”

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