partners with Drivewyze for road disruption and work zone safety pilot in Oregon

UK firm is partnering with Drivewyze on a groundbreaking agreement with Umatilla County, Oregon. The companies will develop a first in the nation pilot program to digitize rural roadway disruptions and work zones and provide in-cab safety alerts specifically for truck drivers. This collaboration marks a significant advancement in roadway management, ensuring safer and more efficient transportation for all road users.

Simon Topp,’s Chief Commercial Officer characterized the new capability as a critical component on the road to Vision Zero. “For the first time in the United States, road crews in the work zone will be able to use our Live Link app to reach truckers with comprehensive, timely and vetted work zone information,” he said. “That information will be shared through Drivewyze’s Smart Roadways software assuring that freight operators have the most accurate information delivered into truck cabs at the right time and in the format they use most.”

Recent government data indicate one out of three work zone fatal crashes involves at least one large truck.

The pilot will also allow the county to utilize’s Traffic Management planning and communication tool to increase efficiency, both on roadways and in traffic management centers. The program will give traffic managers the ability to provide:

  • Weather-Related Closures Alerts through integration with meteorological data sources
  • Emergency Notifications during natural disasters or other major emergencies
  • Comprehensive Data Integration leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for a visual representation of incidents and closures on maps, offering a clear overview for better decision-making.

The overall program is expected to bring an array of major benefits for drivers in Umatilla County through enhanced road safety and operational efficiencies that reduce congestion, setting the stage for data-driven decision-making through comprehensive road data analytics and insights. As an added benefit, deploying Drivewyze’s Smart Roadways Work Zone & Planned Lane Closure Alerts will allow Umatilla County traffic managers to assess the impact of delivering in-cab safety alerts including hard braking events and changes in speed, on truck driver behavior, all while continually monitoring the overall number of alerts sent to trucks.

(Picture – Ian Dewar Pnotography/Dreamstime)


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