Welcome to SONAR! Follow the steps below to find and learn everything you need to know about SONAR.

STEP 1 | Instructional Videos

Get started, learn how to navigate the platform, and customize SONAR for your business. Use this link below. 

Video Tutorials 

STEP 2 | Most Popular Trucking Indices

Next, check out a quick breakdown of the most popular trucking indexes to better understand the data.

STEP 3 | SONAR Navigation

Now that you understand SONAR and its value, get logged in and start using the Apps, Global Pages, My Pages and other information available to you. Everything you need to know about navigation can be found in the SONAR Navigation Page.

STEP 4 | Pre-Built SONAR Pages

How do you upgrade your daily decision making? Take a look at some of the most used SONAR pages below and simply copy them into your “My Pages” section by clicking the link below! Questions about custom pages? Email us at cs@freightwaves.com.

US Summary Page | This page provides year over year volumes on national level, year over year rejections on national level, U.S. volume overlay with rejections, OTRI vs NTI rates and correlation, length of haul rejections on national level and more.


All About HAUL / Load Balance | Headhaul is great to view capacity in the market. Blue markets mean more outbound volume (loads) / Red markets mean more inbound volume (trucks).

  • Tab 1 - Map - All Modes HAUL
  • Tab 2 - Map - Van HAUL
  • Tab 3 - Map - Reefer HAUL
  • Tab 4 - Chart - OTVI.ATL (outbound volume) / ITVI.ATL (inbound volume)


Capacity Trend | How to identify loosening and tightening markets

  • Right: Capacity Trend Direction - measurement of the strength and direction of changes in capacity on a scale of -3 (strongest tightening) to +3 (strongest easing)
  • Left Tab 1 : Capacity Trend Scores (1= loose / 100= tight) - Sort by Value, the color indicates the day over day change. If it is red, that means it has gone down (moore loose), and if it is green, it has gone up(more tight)
  • Left Tab 2 - Volatility Widget  -You can see the high highs and the low lows in the markets with OTVI, OTRI, Headhaul, and TLT

STEP 5 | Additional Resources

Want a few additional resources? We’ve got you covered! Check out SONAR for a few minutes per day to understand real time market conditions and react accordingly!

Knowledge Center | The Knowledge Center houses everything you need to navigate the #1 source for freight market data. Stay up to date with the most recent release notes, watch how-to videos, browse FAQs, and connect with SONAR super users to learn the product inside and out.

Use Cases | To help you make the most out of SONAR, FreightWaves’ Market Experts have compiled thorough Use Case examples, designed to walk you through the indices, features and data sets that we turn to day in and day out.

Instructional Videos | For a visual walk through, visit our video library to find exactly what you’re looking for. Here you’ll find the newest features and functions with easy to follow instructions.

Data Breakdown | Deep dive into our data sets! In Understanding The Data you’ll find a breakdown of information by category, and in the Index Qualifiers  you’ll see the granularities of each data set. Head to the Index Reference Guide to view the frequency of updates and the tickers associated.

Next steps


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