As a vital component of global logistics, the trucking industry is constantly moving forward to compete with other means of transporting goods. To stay relevant, the trucking industry is in the process of incorporating several technological advancements. In this blog post, we will share several interesting upcoming concepts that might slowly change the trucking industry as we know it.
- The idea of self-driving autonomous vehicles continues to gain popularity as it could lead to fewer accidents and contribute to overall safety. Driving for several hours at a time may impact your attention span, and get distracted more easily. These types of vehicles do not require human presence, so they will improve safety levels and also reduce the cost of transportation. It might not be very good news for drivers who have made a successful career driving, but they shouldn’t fret since these kinds of vehicles might take years if not decades to become fully implemented.
- Electric vehicles have already seen a rise in recent years with the ecological consciousness that people have been gaining. These vehicles reduce carbon emissions and dependency on fossil fuels. Currently, the batteries aren’t durable enough to support the needs of OTR but the trucking industry might also move in this direction as there are more and more advances in battery technology.
- Another thing that will impact the safety of the roads without excluding drivers is safety technology which will be implemented into trucks. These include collision avoidance systems, lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. We see it as an incredibly important step forward, especially for new drivers who are yet to build their confidence behind the wheel.
- The Internet of Things (IoT) will allow trucks to connect to a network and share data with various stakeholders. This way, trucks can send out information about their location, engine diagnostics, fuel consumption, and cargo conditions, which will improve fleet management and preventative maintenance, as well as enhance efficiency.
- The vehicle telematics system is promising to be as innovative as GPS was when it first appeared on the market. It will provide information regarding performance, connect vehicles to enable communication between them, help optimize routing and therefore make transportation more efficient.
- Platooning is a term that describes a line of trucks that are connected in order to communicate with each other but only the first truck is controlled by a person, while the other trucks are following it through sensors and cloud-based communication. The lead truck is in charge of the pace, braking, and acceleration. Platooning optimizes transportation through things like improving fuel efficiency and reducing congestion on highways.
These advancements may completely change the course of the trucking industry in the upcoming years/decades. Some of them seem very exciting or almost like something out of a sci-fi movie, which only goes to show how much technology continues to progress. Super Ego will follow these trends closely to make sure we always invest in the best ways to ensure maximum efficiency, reliability, and safety.