The Ins and Outs of Truce Software
By the end of March, Truce software will have been deployed to 890 company-owned vehicles. This software has two functions: it eliminates distractions from your cellular devices while you drive and improves your driving self-awareness. After each drive, the application provides a driving score that considers cornering, aggressive maneuvers, speeding, harsh braking, and acceleration. The objective of installing Truce software in our vehicles is to help employees drive safely, minimizing the possibility of accident and injury.
While this system is straightforward, there are a few things to note that will help you understand how it works.
The Truce beacon and the Truce application each have a specific task. The beacon — the device in your vehicle — enforces the CoolSys driver policy. The beacon holds the information that tells the application on the phone which apps (music, maps, etc.) are approved and available for the driver to use while driving. The app on your cell phone constantly searches for a beacon to properly endorse the CoolSys driving policy. When you are off work, not driving a company-owned vehicle, the Truce app must remain open in the background on your phone to do its job properly. During trips on personal time, the app will not endorse the CoolSys driver policy. It will wake up to search for a beacon while in your personal vehicle, but when it is unsuccessful in finding one, it will go back to sleep.
You can rest assured that the Truce beacon and app will never
- Track or report your location
- Collect or store personal information, including credit card numbers, passwords, or photos
- Access, listen to, read or record any call details, texting information, emails, or photos
- Access or report data from any other apps on your devices, including web browsing activity
- Have access to the apps you use or your activities within those apps.
- The Truce software will not drain your cell phone battery. The mobile app consumes an average of just 1% of the total device battery per hour while in an actively managed session. This battery consumption may vary slightly, depending on whether the device screen is on or off throughout the session. It is always recommended to keep the device screen off during a managed session to further reserve battery consumption, but utilizing maps will cause additional battery drain. If it is not in an active session, the Truce mobile app enters a low-power mode to conserve battery life.
Our top priority is getting our employees home safely to their family and friends at the end of the workday. Truce software is just one way to ensure we’re meeting that priority.