Technology Speeds up Trucking
Technology and trucking have always had a love/hate relationship. When they’re in love, technology is the only reason trucking exists, and when they hate each other, technology is costing a lot of money and giving harsh lessons.
There was a long period where simply standing on the sidelines while others struggled with adapting new technology was a solid strategy. This is especially true for those who were running trucks over a year old and on a long term trading cycle. As new devices were introduced, these fleets were happy to keep on pulling their freight as they always have while others struggled with adoption.
There were even less advantages to be gained from technology, as we are in a period of cheap fuel.
However, those days seem to be coming to an end. The consumer tech-boom has finally taken over trucking. Trucks are now completely wired, with sensors detecting everything, communicating to satellites and across the globe, and the government is full of enthusiasm for this and will often force truckers hands to adopt the latest gadgets. There are also new fuel systems and batteries to get to grips with, and to top it all off, the super lean internet driven economy is placing more and more demand on the trucking industry.
There isn’t an opportunity to opt out any longer—fleet managers must develop strategies to get the most out of the myriad of technology they are confronted with. But first, they must know what is actually out there:
• The “smart” contact lens, which presents all of your health data in your line of sight while driving, so you can see any problems coming towards you
• Autonomous trucks and super highways will stretch across the globe
• 3d printers will change what you’re hauling, from finished goods to raw materials
• Ownership will no longer include the powertrains, so you’ll own the truck but the OEM will retain them
• Drivers’ seats will also be devices for monitoring health, and communicate this data to wherever necessary
The future is here—learn more about the future of trucking.