Grote Industries announced the development of a 4SEE smart trailer system, which it says continues its mission of creating and leading safety-related innovation. A combination of hardware and software enables truck fleets to have much more access to data related to their operations and helps improve safety on the roadways, the company says.
Currently, only 5% of the three million trailers on the road in North America are considered smart trailers. Grote Industries says it is increasing this number with 4SEE, projecting the ability to deliver this groundbreaking technology to 34% of trailers by 2027.
“Grote Industries has its eyes set on the future,” says Dominic Grote, CEO and president. “The tech revolution in trucking is currently underway, and with 4SEE, Grote is at the forefront of that, giving operators the capability of tracking their fleet easier and keeping drivers and cargo safer on the roads.”
Historically, technological advances in trucking have focused on the cab. By turning that attention to the trailer, fleet operators will have even more control over safety, security, efficiency and cost savings, Grote says. Smart trailers allow even more insight and accessibility than the location-focused telematics systems of today provide. They enable drivers to receive critical notifications through a mobile app on their smartphones about problems such as low tire pressure, lights that are about to go out — even crucial information in the event that a trailer is stolen, or the cargo is damaged in transport.
Grote Industries says its 4SEE technology works by connecting the harness, nose box and multiple sensors, creating unique data points for fleets to utilize. 4SEE hardwires all the components with an innovative digital harness system that connects without grease and has a single connection point – the 4SEE nose box – to cab inputs. This allows a driver or fleet manager to have all outputs in one place. The 4SEE technology has the ability to integrate with existing telematics solutions, so it becomes part of the fleet’s one solution for data needs, Grote adds.
The need for accident prevention technology is more paramount now than ever, Grote says, as 2021 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that traffic fatalities reached a 16-year high. The proximity sensors that are part of the 4SEE system will assist drivers in changing lanes, notifying the driver if a vehicle is in the blind spot of the trailer.
The goal of the 4SEE system is to bring all the independent solutions together into one system, with a common communication stream, without increasing the harness or hardware required on the trailer. The 4SEE digital harness system also provides modules to connect legacy hardware and digital hardware to the same harness while isolating them to prevent one piece of the system from interfering with any other.
“We are already testing these smart trailers, and have over 500,000 miles completed, soon to cross the 1-million-mile threshold,” Grote says. “In so many ways, semi-trucks are the backbone of America, and this technology can start helping businesses immediately. We’re already taking orders and plan to have 4SEE available as soon as October.”
For more information on 4SEE, visit Grote.com/4SEE.