Pilot Flying J to Provide Real-Time Parking via App

Parking sensors to help drivers track parking availability as ELD mandate takes effect.

Pilot Flying J recently announced a new myPilot app capability helping to deliver real-time, reliable information on parking availability for its guests in partnership with Sensys Networks, a provider of wireless traffic detection and parking data.

After 18-months of testing and proven accuracy and durability, 30 Pilot Flying J locations across the I-5 corridor from San Diego to Seattle and one location in Knoxville have now been outfitted with sensor systems that will collect and feed real-time parking availability data to professional drivers in the myPilot app.

“As parking continues to be a major industry issue, with 3 million truckers on U.S. roads and highways and only 300,000 public parking spots, we are investing more time and resources into technology to ensure we’re doing everything we can to provide drivers a safe, reliable place to park,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J, in a prepared statement. “Through this partnership, our goal is to provide professional drivers access to real-time, accurate information on space availability through our myPilot app to not only help drivers plan more efficiently and cut down on wasted fuel costs, but also increase safety and e-log compliance.”

INFORMATION RELAY

Using Sensys Networks’ patented sensor technology, Pilot Flying J will relay the information collected at travel center locations to a variety of driver information devices using the myPilot app. As the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate goes into effect on Dec. 18, this capability will save drivers time by providing Pilot Flying J app users access to real-time parking availability and the ability to secure parking at locations along their route where parking is in extreme shortage.

ELDs are designed to automatically record a driver’s driving time, engine hours, vehicle miles, date/time, and other safety measures companies are tracking. The devices will also record data for fleet management use, such as monitoring fuel efficiency, hard stops, speeding, and unsafe lane changes. Fleets have until Dec. 18 to implement certified ELDs to record hours of service.

Through the myPilot app, drivers will now be able to access total truck parking spaces, view and purchase Prime Parking spots and have access to live parking information at locations where the parking sensors are currently available. The live parking feature will display total truck parking spots as well as the number of available truck parking spots in real-time to Pilot Flying J myRewards members at no charge for better utility and route planning for drivers.

“More than 75% of commercial truck drivers report regularly experiencing problems with finding safe parking, and on average spend 30 minutes looking for parking,” said Amine Haoui, CEO for Sensys Networks. “We are pleased to see our IoT platform and patented MicroRadar(tm) sensors help Pilot Flying J address this critical market need by providing accurate, reliable, real-time space availability data.”

While the timeline and details are still being finalized, Pilot Flying J and Sensys are looking to expand access to parking information in 2018 with the goal of increasing the Sensys capabilities across additional Pilot Flying J locations. The combined network of more than 750 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers across North America serves more than 1.2 million customers daily.

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