How Long Before We Get Fred's Version of Telematics?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MrFedEx, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    First, let me say that I don't have a complete understanding of the UPS Telematics system. What I do understand is that it apparently measures, tracks, or monitors nearly every phase of vehicle operation, from seatbelt usage, to how many turns you make, to backing speeds. This doesn't sound like much fun, but given what we know about FedEx, how far behind can our version be? If UPS invents something, you can be fairly sure that FedEx will copy it, in an attempt to be as efficient as Big Brown.

    The PowerPad is bad enough, but can you imagine having to account for your backing speed, idle time, or even more than you already have to worry about with the PowerPad? When I drove Seasonal Feeder for UPS, there was a rule that you couldn't idle your tractor more than 30 seconds without shutting it off. That meant if you were waiting at a security gate at the airport, you'd have to shut it down for fear that you'd end-up on the "Idle Report". Even as a temp, I was held to the same standards as the regulars. One night, one of my trailers had an air leak due to a bad glad hand seal, which had cracked around the edges and was slowly leaking air. I usually carried a few replacements, but that night I'd left my grip at home, so I had to keep it running to prevent the brakes from setting-up. The next day I was read the riot act, for leading the Idle Time list, even though there was no danger and I'd gotten the freight to all of the remote centers safely and on-time. No matter. This was also a great policy on freezing cold nights.

    Anyway, the Idle Time Report was mild compared to Telematics, but it begs the question of when we will get Fredmatics or whatever FedEx decides to call their copy of UPS technology. This will be great fun if we get it, because it will be impossible to cheat the Powerpad like a lot of people do now. They will know that you've been driving during break and can track you exactly. Watch the new people drop like flies, because that's the only way a lot of them even get close to surviving. Same for the old people with bad habits, like not always buckling-up or speeding. They'll know...everything.

    Cheating Fredmatics sounds possible from what I've read on the UPS threads, but since that's also a terminable offense, it wouldn't be a good idea to mess with it.

    Knowing what we all know about FedEx, it's love of technology, and it's obsession with monitoring us, how soon can we expect to get to the next level?
  2. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    It's the black box of cars. And, if you own your truck, you will probably have to pay for the installation of the system that they will use to try and fire you. Gotta love it.
  3. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    As soon as DRA gets going in more locations we can expect this to be the next step.

    Anything that helps them fire you is a no brainer.

    For the UPS'ers, when was this implemented?

    Did they need the unions consent?

    I mean it does sound like it opens up a huge grey area to fire a driver for just about any reason...
  4. menotyou

    menotyou bella amicizia

    It has been rolling out over the country for a few years, now. The contract covers no disciple based on telematics. (joke) The union, depending on where you are, folds like a cheap suit.
    Yes, the grey area is massive. The reports are flawed, also.
  5. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Also it'll spit out a report on how many times you scratched your ass since you left the building.

    All this electronic stuff is nothing but a harassment tool.
  6. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    They recently turned on the GPS in our ground scanners in order to shut down functions when the speed reached a certain speed. I think 7 mph. Everything apart from seatbelt usage can be determined by this. Therefore it is a matter of when the company asks for the information. The raw data is already in record.
  7. thedownhillEXPRESS

    thedownhillEXPRESS Well-Known Member

    How is the battery life holding up with the GPS activated?

    I heard they drained them big time, maybe they have corrected that problem though.
  8. newgirl

    newgirl Member

    Hmm. My powerpad battery goes from 100% to 10% in five hours. I thought it was the new updates. I wonder if they have turned on GPS. How can I tell?
  9. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Can definitely tell the difference.
  10. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    On ours there is a small icon on the bottom of the screen indicating GPS on.
  11. newgirl

    newgirl Member

    Thanks. Will check tomorrow
  12. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    Well GPS doesn't need to be "on" necessarily, if it is in constant "tracking" mode it will run down the battery's quickly(mostly because it is not an actual GPS. but relies on GPRS(cell tower signals) to determine location)
    otherwise most express couriers have seen the "geo-coded" check box.
    Basically when you POD a package it will record your position based on GPRS location.
    and after a "set" number of POD's to a particular address the system will "know" where you should be delivering.
  13. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    I hope we get some version of Telematics. If for no other reason than to know it'll piss you off MFE.
  14. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Thanks, Jackass. You're just another of my many admirers on this site. I've been used to it since Day 1. If we do get Fredmatics, you'll probably be terminated the first day.
  15. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    yup, in our division, we stay out on the road later than Ground

    so we either carry a spare battery and/or have a 12V plug-in charger
  16. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    Ruhh - Rohhh.
    I better start really being at the address I'm releasing a package to.
  17. Route 66

    Route 66 Bent Member

    I love the name "telematics" - it sounds so 1950s
  18. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I can almost hear John Travolta say "It's a Telamatic...Greased Lightning!"
  19. newgirl

    newgirl Member

    I read a post by a UPSer that called it "tattletelematics." Still makes me chuckle.
  20. Gumby

    Gumby *

    Trust wont chuckle if they install it....It should be renamed Torturematics!!!!!!!!