Trucker Tech: 6 Technology Trends to Watch
Improving the trucking industry requires implementing new systems to enhance pain points, such as repairs. That's why staying on top of what's going on is important. Check out six technologies that will change trucking.
1. Active Steering Technology
Active steering technology will help drive freight truck automation while keeping the driver in the seat. This technology enhances steering precision by reducing angular steering changes per movement. This means that truckers can have more control, comfort and stability driving at higher speeds as the system automatically adjusts for movements. Additionally, this technology can collaborate to work with other safety features, such as onboard video safety technology, to help reduce collisions and other inherent trucking safety issues, making it a technology worth watching.
2. Self-Driving Trucks
Autonomous or self-driving cars have been dreamed up for centuries thanks to Leonardo Da Vinci, but it wasn't until the late 1930s that the concept of self-driving cars was presented to the public at the World's Fair and then later tested in the late 1950s. Several decades would pass before self-driving cars would make their way onto the streets of Pittsburgh as part of a taxi service, and these autonomous cars are paving the way for self-driving trucks.
Although the technology has yet to be widely accepted within the trucking industry, self-driving trucks stand to transform the trucking industry, not by replacing actual truck drivers, but by acting as a co-pilot to the driver. For example, truckers often have to navigate through unfavorable weather conditions. Also, if the trucker has been driving all night and needs to pull over, he may not be as alert as when he first started his journey. However, a self-driving truck can help navigate the trucker to a safe place to stop and help drive the trucker safely to his destination, all while staying in its lane.
3. Truck Platooning
Another game-changer to the trucking industry is the innovative practice of truck platooning, where trucks empowered by modern technological support systems follow one another closely together. This innovative practice solves trucking pain points, such as poor fuel efficiency and high transportation costs. It saves trucking businesses money on fuel expenses, lowers environmental risks by using less fuel, and optimizes logistics.
4. Technology for Safe Driving
Technologies such as warnings for lane departure and blind spots and interior cameras are helping enhance safety for commercial trucks. They also serve to curtail expenses associated with property damage, making them worth watching.
Improvements in sensor communication and the Internet of Things, or IoT, offer opportunities for enhancing the trucking industry via telematics. This technology allows truckers to update systems from afar via apps and even automate the scheduling of services. It's worth to keep an eye on telematics for fleet, as it provides an opportunity to improve safety for truck drivers and efficiency for fuel.
6. Enhanced Powertrain Technology
The main issue that enhanced powertrain technology solves for the trucking industry is that it promotes fuel efficiency by reducing the size of engines and using smaller axles. Additionally, alternative fuels and the move towards electric-powered transportation also drive the trend of powertrain technology for the trucking industry.
The trucking industry will not be exempt from the opportunities that advancement in technology bring. These technologies stand to enhance the industry by resolving pain points and providing assistance that will automate tasks for efficiency and faster responses to changes. Although not all of these technologies are available for use, you should pay attention to them in order to stay competitive as adoption and advancement of technology expands the opportunity for use within the trucking industry.
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