ATRI Releases Findings On Trucking Navigation Systems

by Jana Ritter - Published: 4/18/2013

Today, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released findings from the first phase of a two-part research initiative aimed at assessing the use of navigation systems in large trucks.  This first phase of the research, which analyzed survey data from over 800 drivers and carriers, identifies different systems and how they are used, as well as industry perceptions of navigation system effectiveness. The study is aimed at identifying effectiveness and areas of improving safety and optimal use of navigation systems in the trucking industry.


"This research is an important first step in understanding the role of navigation systems in large truck crashes.  By identifying the types of systems used, how drivers use them, and the types of crashes that may result from their use, industry stakeholders and policy makers can begin to implement crash mitigation strategies and hopefully, reduce the overall occurrence of these events," commented Kendra Hems, President of the New York State Motor Truck Association. 

When completed, the study is intended to help the ATRI determine the key priorities that navigation system providers should address in order to meet the needs of the trucking industry.  ATRI's phase 2 work will expand the research by collecting and comparing quantitative data from navigation systems while in use.  This next step will attempt to identify the technical basis for navigation system failures and inadequacies from a truck operations perspective. A copy of this report is available from ATRI at

The GPS Innovation Alliance is another important body in the enhancement of navigation system technology. It recognizes the ever-increasing importance of GPS and other GNSS technologies to the global economy and infrastructure and is firmly committed to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. The GPS Innovation Alliance seeks to protect, promote and enhance the use of GPS, with five major national organizations representing a variety of industries making up its affiliate members. The American Trucking Association is one major affiliate member representing the trucking industry.

Recently, the alliance announced that joining the American Trucking Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Boat U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) have also signed on as alliance affiliates. Each shares in the alliance's goal of protecting, promoting and further enhancing one of the world's most important enabling technologies — technologies that improve the lives of people around the globe.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the GPS Innovation Alliance was launched in February. Its founding members are Garmin, John Deere, Topcon Positioning Systems and Trimble.