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Monthly archive for June 2016

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies.

A few years back we realized that we would need to put together some sort of routing software that above many wishes for functionality would have bridge heights and utility obstructions. Bridge weights would be great too but will come in the future. Slowly but surely we’ve been collecting bridge heights on our own as well as got thousands of them submitted from you. We managed to save every single coordinate submitted and today that list continues to grow. With the anticipation of sharing this data someday we even came up with a name for it, “NaviLow”. With the help of technology we are now able to collect this data faster and more efficiently than before which is why we created a free phone app.

With this free ad free app that is available for both Android and iPhone one can click a button that will automatically collect the GPS coordinates. Then select the height of the obstruction and click submit. This will send the height and location data to us pinned to a map that you can’t see called a ESRI map for us to verify. Once verified it goes into our database that we will share with everyone else soon.

Types of overhead data to submit.

We’re looking for all data that crosses over the road or highway. If it crosses over the road or highway or any other route a truck might take then we want to know about it. That includes bridges, power lines, traffic lights, cable lines, fast food and fuel island covers, trees, railroad bridges, you name it we want it. Anything at all over head that may come in the route of a truck.

Using the application in your phone.

First and foremost for your own safety we do not wish for users to use the program while driving. The best thing you can do is to pull over at the overhead obstruction and then submit the data. If not and you have a co-pilot let them handle reporting the overhead data submission. In most (if not all) states and provinces it is illegal to use your cell phone while driving and that includes texting or using apps. The reason we are gathering this data is for public safety and to prevent accidents. Let’s not get hurt while collecting the data either.

At this point we’re assuming you have already went to iTunes or Google Play and downloaded the application. It’s a pretty easy what you see is what you get app. When you push the red button it collects your location data within milliseconds.

Clicking the red button will submit your GOS coordinates.

When you open up the current NaviLow APP in your phone this is the first thing you will see. When you click this red button it collects the Longitude and Latitude data from your location. The next screen will allow you to select the height.

How to select the height of the obstruction.

Once you click the red button and capture the data you will be taken to this screen which will allow you to select the height of the utility (or otherwise) obstruction you are reporting. Simply scroll down to select the proper height. Once selected you are ready to submit it.

Selecting the overhead height.

Once you have completely selected the height data for the overhead obstruction you are reporting your screen will look like this. In addition at the bottom there is a button that says “submit data”. For some reason it didn’t show up on our screen capture but it’s there. Once you click this button of course it will submit the data and you will be completed. Below are a couple of other messages you may see.

Overhead reporting completed.

If you see this you are fully completed with the overhead obstruction utility reporting process and can either close the app or wait until you come across the next obstruction you wish to report.

Location data must be enabled.

Make sure you have location data turned on for this individual application in order to capture your locations and for the application to work properly. If you see this error pop up you will know that location data is not turned on for this app. Simply go into your settings, locate the app and then enable it in order to proceed. You may need to restart the app after doing so.

Terms of service agreement.

This screen is our terms of service agreement (TOS). It is located in the app as well as online. Make sure you agree to these terms before using the app. If you do not agree to them simply uninstall the application from your device and do not continue. The basics of our TOS is that we will respect your privacy and will not share anything other than the data collected with anyone else. You also agree to not use the application while operating a moving vehicle or machinery. It covers liability and usage of the product as well as other legal issues and you are encouraged to read all of it.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the gathering of overhead clearance and obstruction data. This information is good for the industry to have access to and will help reduce accidents as well as damages to both private and public property. If you have any comments, concerns or ideas that you would like to share with us please do so. Eventually in the future we will include more tools in the application and users will be able to see the location of all of the obstructions reported as well as update them and continue to report new ones as well as other functions.

New truck posting feature

New truck posting feature

Check out our new truck posting feature!

Carriers – Since technology and development money is in your long deserved corner we decided to add a new feature to your new loadboard and phone app; truck posting. While truck posting may not be the most popular thing in our industry as some loads require a lot of planning we have noticed more and more loads being posted with ASAP as the ship date. Researching it we learned a high percentage of these ASAP posts were on the smaller, lighter side making them easier to transport as all you needed was permits and you could roll. So while truck posting here is going to take a little time to get going the end result is going to make it well worth it even if it’s just for extra fuel to go in your desired direction. So, make sure you post with persistence and remember even one load from a direct customer can make all of the difference in the world. To use this new feature simply login it your account and click on “Post Trucks”.

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

We will be adding this feature to the iPhone app and the update will be available within the next few days. As far as the Android app goes our development team is working on it now and completion date will be sometime within the next week we’re hoping. On a last note the actual display page of your posted trucks will probably change looks a few time over the next week until we can get it ironed out the way we want it so don’t put too much thought into that. Links for customers will be on the front page, under the “Trucks” menu in the navigation bar, the “thank you” page after they’ve posted a load and a few other strategic locations throughout the website. To view the page click here. Your feedback is welcome by simply clicking on the “feedback” button located on the left of your screen from most pages on the site.

With that said, keep on trucking and don’t take cheap freight!

Regards,
WideloadShipping.com

iPhone app is ready to download

iPhone app is ready to download

iPhone app is ready to download

Our new loadboard has some new features you’re all going to like. With that comes a new iPhone application that will let you take the power of WideloadShipping.com with you wherever you go. Simply go to the iTunes app store and search the term “wideload” and download the app that has our logo in blue. Once installed on your iPhone open the app and enter your username and password and you are in. Note we built a hot link directly to PiloTrac in case you need to know where pilot cars are available live and in real time. We also built in a archive so now all of the direct customers are saved into it in case you wish to do some marketing.

iPhone application

Also, later in the week we will be adding a truck posting feature and will send out notifications instructing you on how to update the app properly in order to use this feature. Now customers that need right here right now service can get it as long as your diligent about posting your trucks! Android users don’t worry you are not left out. We will be releasing a Android version of app within the next 10 days so you can go to the Google Play store and install a copy as well with all of the same great features.

Enjoy!

 

WideloadShipping.com

New loadboard, phone apps and more.

Carriers we’ve got a whole new loadboard and phone apps coming soon.

Good news! As we told you last year we would complete the live pilot car system (PiloTrac – pilotrac.com) and then give the carrier loadboard a makeover with additional features. We’ll if you haven’t noticed we’ve done just that! The loadboard now has a whole new look and more features. One of the ones is the archive system. Now when a direct customer posts a load it will be placed in our archives so you can market that customer at a later date if you wish. More functionality has been added the the actual posting system as well. Now get ready for this; look for the phone app to show up in Apples iTunes store next week. Yep, that’s right. Simply install the free app on your phone, enter your username and password and you are connected to the system. Now you can take WideloadShipping.com with you and have access to the loadboard as well as the pilot car directory, regulations for all of North America and more… The app will be available in the Google Play store as well as Amazon Underground for those of you using Android based phones as well in the later part of next week.

Next on the list is a complete makeover for the directory. Those of you who are sporting your company in our oversize and heavy haul trucking directory will have a whole new look and make your company not only look better but attract more customers as well as the coding will be state of the art drawing the search engines even nearer than they already are. If you don’t know about our oversize trucking and heavy haul carrier directory consider this; even a premium listing is only $100 a year. That’s .27 a day! Direct customers that have freight they consider on the more private side of things like the DOD, Hollywood industry, NASA and many more that do not wish to publicly post their freight will go to the directory and call you direct. Worth it’s weight in gold!

Look for more great additions soon. We will send out notifications as soon as the phone apps are released and until then have a safe trip on the road drivers!

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