Transportation and fleet managers have wrestled for years with the cost versus benefit of incorporating telematics on their trucks. The term telematics derives from the combination of telecommunications and informatics and represents a variety of devices also known as onboard computer systems. Although telematics devices have been around for decades, the percentage of Class 8 tractors outfitted with them ranges between 27% and 40% — percentages that speak volumes about the perceived value of telematics.

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