Technology is changing the way people live their lives, and how industries and businesses across the world operate, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. The trucking industry is no exception to this, with logistics firms like Titan Transline like integrated tech, big data, and automation.
With big names like Amazon, Maersk, and Walmart embracing technology, more and more trucking companies are embracing technology, with improvements not just in delivery times, but in safety as well.
Here is a look at some of the technological trends that the trucking industry is looking at.
One of the most talked about technological developments, and not always with positive connotations. A lot of truckers look at automation and see their jobs potentially going down the drain, but research from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group have a different outlook.
Their research says that trucking jobs might actually increase as self-driving vehicles become commonplace, as they will only handle “dock-to-dock” runs for a long time. Uber ATG believes that the human element shines where automation can’t, handling difficult terrain, as well as urban and industrial routes.
Western States Trucking Association Director of Governmental Affairs and Communications Joe Rajkovacz echoes similar sentiments, saying that truckers do more than just drive. He says that it’s extremely unlikely to have autonomous trucks operating without a trucker to accompany it.
Electric and autonomous vehicles are slowly becoming more and more practical for mass production and use. Companies like Tesla and Volkswagen are doing R&D into electric trucks, hoping to use them to improve safety and efficiency on the road.
Autonomous trucking is still somewhat untested, but studies into it have brought improvements to trucking that see use from extant firms like Titan Transline and the like. Things like lane-assist, assisted braking help improve the overall quality of trucks on the road, which, in turn, leads to less incidents, and necessary repairs, helping cut down on expenditure.
The major issue plaguing electric vehicles is the need for support infrastructure. Just as regular vehicles need gas stations, electric vehicles need charging stations, on top of garages and stops that can handle work on them.
The internet of things
The internet of things is when devices, vehicles, and appliances are connected with each other, allowing for the active sharing of data. This allows for better location tracking, environmental data, fleet management, vehicle monitoring, supply-demand balance, and other benefits.
With IoT, the fleet operator can track a truck’s location, its condition, covering things like tire pressure, load stability, intrusion detection, and other factors.