Samsara adds app tools to keep drivers safe and compliant

New features aimed at streamlining daily tasks and improving driver productivity

For carriers, every moment counts as they face a shortage of drivers while seeing increased demand from shippers to move goods faster.

As more commercial drivers use mobile apps, Samsara, a San Francisco-headquartered cloud-based fleet management and connectivity solutions provider, has added features to its driver app.

“It’s important that the millions of drivers that keep our economy running each day are able to focus on the work at hand, not administrative tasks that take up valuable time and energy,” Ishan Tikku, the product manager at Samsara, said in a blog. “Apps and driver workflows are an integral part of Samsara’s connected operations platform. These new workflows are another way we’re helping customers improve their operations through an end-to-end solution.”

New tools on Samsara’s driver app include:

  • End-of-day workflows ensure drivers complete the right tasks in the right sequence before signing out for the day.
  • Linked third-party tasks make it easier for drivers to access different apps in a single workflow.
  • Multiple workflows help customize workflows to the needs of every driver.

Tikku said the newest features will allow companies to create full-day workflows for fleet drivers, from start-of-day routines to end-of-day checklists, guiding them through critical tasks at the end of their shifts.

“Whether it’s submitting a post-trip driver-vehicle inspection report, certifying logs or completing a custom health form, the driver app can automatically guide your drivers through each step when they sign out for the day,” Tikku said.

The newest features follow recent additions — Workflow Builder and App Designer — that were added to Samsara’s driver app in December 2020.

“Since we introduced Workflow Builder last year, hundreds of customers have customized and deployed workflows that guide over 16,000 drivers through their start-of-day routines every day,” Tikku said.  

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