Self-driving cars, and automation are always aspects that any industry considers as an implementation into future development. Technology is constantly revolutionizing our way of living, and our daily routines. Without its progress, and forward thinking momentum, many of the things that we take for granted everyday would not be available.
Specifically, the trucking industry is one where we might not consider how technology has an impact. For most, the trucking industry is commonly viewed as one where basic devices and a simplistic focus leads the ways in which truck drivers go about their occupational duties. It’s hard to think about how new devices could improve truck drivers experience in terms of safety, processes, and development. Just as with any industry, there are areas in which technology can be further developed to implement a more functional industry. Here are a few ways these changes could help.
Closely related to pilot and air training methods, simulators could make a punch on the risks associated with truck driver training. Since many trucks carry a large weight of cargo, and are usually much longer than the average vehicle, truck driver training can become a difficult task for those who are in the beginning stages of learning.
To combat this issue, simulators can help truck driving schools develop and successfully train those who are entering the truck driving industry. Not only do simulators reduce the risk associated with accidents caused by trainees while commuting the roads, but they help to save the company money as well. The upfront cost associated with trucker training simulators may be expensive, however as more and more students are trained using this method, the company will reduce its out of pocket expenses.
Just like self-driving cars, automated trucks have been in discussion for many years as well. The thought of an eighteen wheeler having the ability to commute many hours with little to no human intervention can be a scary thought. However, reducing the amount of manpower necessary for making long trips while delivering large amounts of cargo can save companies thousands of dollars in the long run.
Though the processes behind self-automated trucks are in the very early stages of development, it’s an area that should not be overlooked. Once self-automated cars have been fully introduced, an automated truck is most likely to be next on the list for many car manufacturers.
Uber, a popular taxi service used by many individuals across the globe, has merged with Otto and has announced its intent to develop a platform similar to what it offers to its current customers. Uber would like to create a decentralized platform for trucking companies to utilize. However, some skepticism has risen regarding the idea and rationale behind the concept.
Uber has already completed one successful driver-less delivery with their intervention into the trucking industry. Imagine if stores had the ability to “call an uber” and have their products delivered via automated trucks?
As an overall takeaway, the truck driving industry has a lot to look forward to in the future when it comes to technology’s presence in its functionality. Though some industries are already taking advantage of things like GPS and tracking devices, there are many improvements that can enhance the safety and productivity of truck drivers and their companies alike. What are some of the ways you believe that the trucking industry can be enhanced to improve their processes via the use of technology?