Mack Anthem highway tractor

Mack, Trimble sign MOU on fleet management systems

Oct. 31, 2018
Share the Road highway safety program also gets Mack sponsorship again for 2019.

AUSTIN, TX. Mack Trucks has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with transportation and fleet management systems provider Trimble Transportation Enterprise. Mack announced the agreement at the American Trucking Assns. (ATA) Management Conference & Exhibition here in Austin.

Trimble delivers tools for routing and dispatch, asset maintenance solutions, business intelligence, transportation management, and vehicle visibility to help maximize efficiency fleet efficiency. Details on specific offerings to be developed in conjunction with Mack are not yet finalized.

"Applying Trimble Transportation Enterprise's approach to analyzing data will provide customers a clearer view of asset performance and help boost productivity," said David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicles and uptime services for Mack Trucks.

"There are numerous opportunities to improve service and repair inefficiencies, and collectively we can better solve them," said Scott Vanselous, executive vice president and general manager of asset maintenance solutions at Trimble Transportation Enterprise.

Separately at the conference, Mack also said it will continue to sponsor ATA's Share the Road program in 2019. Mack has sponsored the program since 2001.

"Mack remains focused on highway safety, and we fully support the powerful message that the Share the Road drivers relay to the general public about operating safely around large trucks," said Jonathan Randall, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Mack Trucks North America. "We incorporated many safety features into the design of the Mack Anthem, which the Share the Road drivers utilize to deliver their messages to millions of people across the country."

In the program, professional truck drivers present live safety demonstrations for students, media, and policy makers, showing how to drive safely alongside semi-trucks. They teach the public that trucks need longer stopping distances than passenger cars and about blind spots along the side of trucks where it can be dangerous to drive.

The program's drivers all have exceptional driving records—many have a million or more accident-free miles.

The Share the Road drivers travel throughout the country in a 2018 Mack Anthem 70-in. Stand Up Sleeper model the OEM donated. It's equipped with a 13L Mack MP8 engine with 505 hp. and 1,860 lbs.-ft. of torque and a 12-speed Mack mDRIVE automated manual transmission. The mDRIVE is standard on all Mack Anthem models. 

The Share the Road Anthem also has Mack Road Stability Advantage by Bendix and Bendix Wingman Fusion advanced safety systems. Road Stability Advantage is an electronic stability control system that helps reduce the risk of rollover and jackknife accidents, and Bendix Wingman Fusion is a collision mitigation system that uses video and radar.

About the Author

Fleet Owner Staff

Our Editorial Team

Kevin Jones, Editorial Director, Commercial Vehicle Group

Cristina Commendatore, Executive Editor

Scott Achelpohl, Managing Editor 

Josh Fisher, Senior Editor

Catharine Conway, Digital Editor

Eric Van Egeren, Art Director

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry during this informative webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!