Briefly: New app warns truckers they are approaching restricted parkway

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Giraffe G4 Sentinel System

The GiraffeG4 Sentinel System has developed an app that will alert all commercial truck drivers with an audible alarm 100 yards before they approach the entrance to a commercial vehicle-prohibited parkway. Along with the alarm, the app provides a "Do Not Enter" sign on the screen at the location of the entrance.

Frank Nugent, an experienced tractor-trailer driver from New York has developed and designed the app.

Collisions with "Low Clearance" overpasses on parkways are a common occurrence causing extensive damage to the overpass and roadways. Drivers and their companies can be responsible for fines and expensive road and overpass repairs depending on the extent of the damage or delays. Towing charges in New York State can cost as much as $10,000.

Truck drivers using regular noncommercial navigation apps can be steered onto parkways in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Especially if they are inexperienced truck drivers, or, from out of town and not familiar with the extensive parkway system in the Northeast corridor.

The GiraffeG4 Sentinel System is not a navigation tool, it travels underneath the route the driver is following. When the parkway entrance is 100 yards ahead, the alarm sounds, and the "Do Not Enter" sign appears on the screen. Subsequently, the Sentinel System adds no driver distraction, just a safety distraction when it is needed.

The GiraffeG4 Sentinel System will work with fleet telematics systems. It follows independently along with the route your truck is taking and creates no interference to existing systems.

GiraffeG4 Sentinel Tracking App has also accurately pre-measured and GPS located the "Low Clearance" hazards in NYC, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Connecticut. 

New president and CEO coming to Landstar

Landstar System, Inc., a technology-enabled, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions recently announced its Board of Directors has named Frank A. Lonegro as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 2, 2024. Lonegro will also be appointed to the Board of Directors of Landstar System, Inc.

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James B. Gattoni, who currently serves as president and CEO, will continue to serve in that role through the date of the company’s 2023 fourth-quarter earnings release conference call, currently scheduled for Feb. 1, 2024, following which he will be transitioning to the role of special advisor to the CEO before his anticipated retirement in July 2024. 

Lonegro joins Landstar from Beacon Building Products, where he currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Beacon is a Fortune 500 building products distribution company serving customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Before working at Beacon, Lonegro worked for almost 20 years at CSX Corporation, a Fortune 250 rail transportation company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. During his tenure at CSX, Lonegro served in several capacities, including executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2015 to 2019, as well as key technology and operational roles earlier in his tenure.

Relay Payments partners with Yesway and Allsup's

Relay Payments, the fintech company modernizing payments for the trucking and logistics industries, recently announced a new partnership with Yesway, one of the fastest-growing convenience store operators in the United States. The collaboration brings Relay’s cardless purchasing experience to 100+ Yesway and Allsup’s locations, allowing more fleets and drivers to avoid fuel fraud caused by card skimming.

“Card skimming continues to be a major problem for the industry, costing fleets thousands each month,” said Relay co-founder and CEO Ryan Droege. “Because Relay’s technology bypasses cards altogether, fleets and drivers can have peace of mind when they pay with our solution. We’re excited to welcome Yesway locations into our digital payment network and give drivers even more options to securely fuel up.”

When paying with Relay at Yesway and Allsup’s convenience stores, drivers simply show their unique payment code to the clerk to purchase their diesel. Fleets and drivers also benefit from diesel fuel discounts, with savings conveniently listed in Relay’s mobile app. Additional features include:

  • A route-planning tool within the app to maximize time and savings
  • The ability to store multiple forms of payment in the app, letting drivers use rewards and loyalty points
  • Complete transparency in pricing, with no hidden fees
  • Customizable spending controls and driver policies  
  • Access to Relay’s 24/7 U.S.-based customer support team


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