The Biggest New Developments in the Transport Industry
The transportation industry has enjoyed some exciting changes in recent years, and the future looks set to bring safety, capabilities and cost and energy savings to new heights. Here is a look at the developments expected to take center stage in the years to come.
Autonomous Trucks in the Spotlight
The American trucking industry employs nearly 9 million people, and some of them are already concerned about whether or not self-driving trucks will take their jobs. So far, however, the offerings are not 100 percent driverless. Daimler Trucks’ recently launched fully autonomous 18-wheel truck can drive under certain conditions, similar to auto-pilot on planes, improving safety without taking people’s jobs – for now. Self-driving truck platoons are currently being tested in the UK with a view to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing efficiency.
Self-Driving Car Boom Ahead
Like self-driving trucks, self-driving cars are about to become a familiar sight on our roads, with some estimates placing the number of these cars that will be in circulation by 2020 at 10 million. Several popular cars already on the market from makers like Tesla, BMW and Mercedes have a slew of self-driving features. The self-driving car project from Google, Waymo, is expected to transform transportation while making it safer.
Cargo Ship Control at the Press of a Button
Rolls-Royce is leading the race to develop cargo ships capable of transporting goods without any humans on board. A land-based control hub will be used to control multiple ships at once. They will be far cheaper to operate and capable of carrying more cargo thanks to the absence of a crew on board. The firm believes that such a remote-controlled ship will be used commercially some time before the close of the decade.
The evolving nature of the world of transportation shows no signs of slowing down. Artificial intelligence and big data are helping transportation become more efficient and safer than ever before.
This blog post was based off of an article from Forbes. View the original here.