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Indian Startup Rivigo granted USPTO Patent for its Unique Driver Relay System

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Indian tech-enabled logistics firm Rivigo announced that it has been granted patent rights by The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its unique driver relay model that uses algorithms to determine availability of drivers for trucks, enabling drivers to return home each day.

Indian tech-enabled logistics firm Rivigo announced that it has been granted patent rights by The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for its unique driver relay model that uses algorithms to determine availability of drivers for trucks, enabling drivers to return home each day.

The patented system uses intelligent driver allocation system through algorithms developed by Rivigo to pick the right driver for a duty based on multiple parameters including equitable distribution of driving hours, rest hours, transit hours, etc. The algorithm also considers driver performance on parameters like driving behavior while deciding the final match between truck and “pilot” as every driver is addressed in Rivigo.

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“This is yet another milestone for us at Rivigo. Our global first relay model being recognized by the United States Patent and Trademark Office is an endorsement of our pilot-first model predicated on innovation at a technological and human level,” said Gazal Kalra, Co-Founder, Rivigo. “This cutting-edge and disruptive Relay technology will not just bring efficiencies and help streamline the sector through better service to customers, but more importantly will ensure that truck driving becomes a viable job opportunity for pilots as they get to come back home to their families every day.”

“Fleet owners find it extremely difficult to find truck drivers for long distance driving. India has a severe shortage of truck drivers – for every 1000 trucks we have 482 truck drivers. Through this technology, we will offer ‘Relay as a Service’ to fleet owners thereby providing a sustainable and scalable solution to this large and chronic national problem.”

The relay model reduces transit times in long distance transportation. The algorithm and simulation of the system reduces transit time during changeovers by ensuring that the driver is not only available for the next duty but also informed in advance about the upcoming trip. The system also ensures that the driver is performing minimal and only the required checks during the changeover, thus saving time.

Rivigo believes the patented system will not only reduce the transit time but also help decrease the rate of accident on the national highways as truck drivers drive fixed hours and get mandatory rest before next trip is allocated.
About Rivigo

Rivigo is a technology company that is making logistics industry more humane, faster, safer and cost-effective through unique innovative relay model, enabled by strong interplay of technology, data, culture and operations excellence. Since its inception in 2014, Rivigo has emerged as the largest and the fastest growing technology enabled logistics company in India, owning a fleet of over 3000 trucks.

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Suman Chaudhary
An engineer by education and writer by profession, Suman keeps tab on startup ecosystem of India and leads the research team of IndiaWeb2 for covering funding deals, merger & acquisition and market reports.

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