CM Show 2020: TRAILAR shines light on cost and emissions benefits of solar technology

Technology firm TRAILAR is heading online to the Commercial Motor Show next month with its innovative solar product for HGVs and vans.

Over the three-day show, taking place from 29 September to 1 October, visitors will be able to learn and gain valuable insight into how the solar technology works, and the potential operational savings across their fleets.

Downloadable product specification sheets will provide key facts and savings from each type of vehicle, as well as a link to an ROI calculator for businesses use.

“At TRAILAR, our vision is to change the face of global transport through the integration of solar and data driven technology,” said Aaron Thomas, MD  at TRAILAR.

“This will be achieved by decreasing fuel consumption, operating costs, enhancing operational performance through data intelligence, and reducing emissions. TRAILAR is committed to delivering sustainable transport for all and achieving zero emissions sooner with solar.”

He added: “We are delighted to be showcasing our award-winning solar solution at the Commercial Motor Show virtual exhibition in September. It is important we continue to build awareness and emphasise the significant benefits that our solar technology can provide the transport sector.”

Key customers for TRAILAR already include well-known fleet operator such as Royal Mail, DHL and rental firm Ryder.

The TRAILAR team will be on hand to answer live questions throughout the Commercial Motor Show via the “online chat” system and supply you with further product information.

Why not sign up today for your free ticket to the Commercial Motor Show, a virtual event combining lively webinars, networking opportunities and a vast virtual exhibition hall.

Truck stop app to create ‘heat maps’ of theft hotspots

Truck stop app Motorway Buddy is to broaden its remit to provide a map of cargo theft hotspots.

Following investment from freight insurer TT Club, the app’s developers plan to merge data from the freight unit of the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) to create what it described as “heat maps” displaying recorded cargo and fuel theft incidents by location.

The new function will be added to the app in “two to three months’ time” and the NaVCIS data will be updated on a three-month rolling basis, with the previous 12 months’ constantly visible.

The company said existing account holders will also have the ability to record the characteristics of parking facilities – such as CCTV, secure fencing and whether or not security guards are present – details of which could be made available to operators and insurers in the event of an incident.

The app’s core function is to highlight the location of truck stops in Europe, and it lists more than 300 in the UK. The NaVCIS heat map will initially be limited to the UK but is expected to be rolled out to Europe later on. 

Data from TT Club and British Standards’ 2020 Cargo Theft Report suggests 60% of European reported cargo thefts occur in transit, typically in rest spots or unsecured parking areas.

“Since the inception of Motorway Buddy, our team has always looked at ways of solving the logistics industry’s pain points,” said founder Chris Holloway, “having worked as a driver for over 20 years and alongside trade associations for the past nine, it has become increasingly apparent that freight crime continues to be a major problem throughout Europe and we are now tremendously excited to be working with the TT Club and NaVCIS Freight to help solve this serious issue.”