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Since the 1920s, when the first semi-trailer truck was introduced, technology has changed the transportation business.

Technology, like improved logistics systems and telematics tools, makes transportation faster, cheaper, and better for the environment.

Hauling innovation improves each year, making trucking safer. Connected vehicle technologies have great potential, but they need further work on the technology and the laws and regulations governing them.

In this post, we will examine some of the technologies that are transforming the future of the trucking industry. Let’s get started.

The impact of technology on the trucking industry

Today, GPS technology and smart logistics software make it possible for trucking companies to track and improve their routes in real-time, which saves fuel and makes them more productive. 

Though there are still obstacles to be overcome—such as the necessity for consistent GPS signals in outlying areas—GPS usage in trucking is only expected to increase and develop in the coming years.

Without a shadow of a doubt, technology will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the transport industry. Here are just a few of the most important breakthroughs and trends that are expected to have a significant impact on the industry in the coming years:

Connectivity’s importance in the trucking industry

Connectivity seems to be an integral part of the transportation industry nowadays. Fleets have access to a lot of information about how the truck is acting thanks to connectivity through telematics devices, vehicle sensors, mobile devices, and more.

Driver connectivity is a hot topic in the trucking industry because it could improve the health, productivity, and safety of drivers. It is possible to improve truck drivers’ access to the internet in several ways, like as

  1. Mobile application
  2. Internet of thing
  3. Telematics devices

Mobile Applications

Mobile applications benefit truck drivers in several ways:

Truck Repair Services

With the help of the ResQ TRX mobile app, you can access quick repair services throughout the country. 

Navigation and routing

Truckers may use mobile applications for real-time traffic information, customized route suggestions, and other trip-planning tools.

Electronic logging devices

Truck drivers must use ELDs to monitor their hours of service. Drivers can record, submit, and monitor HOS compliance via mobile applications.

Truck maintenance

Mobile applications may assist truck drivers to monitor oil changes, tire rotations, and other vital activities.

Communication

Mobile applications may assist truck drivers to remain in contact with dispatch teams, family, and friends by providing texting, video chat, and other capabilities.

Load matching

Some applications help truckers identify local loads and negotiate costs with shippers and brokers.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) can transform the trucking industry by enabling “smart” trucks that can interact with one another and other transportation infrastructure. IoT may improve truckers in several ways:

Improved efficiency

By collecting and analyzing sensor data from trucks and other transportation infrastructure, companies can optimize routes, reduce fuel consumption, and enhance other operations.

Enhanced Safety

IoT-enabled vehicles may be fitted with sensors and safety features like collision avoidance systems to help prevent accidents and enhance road safety.

Predictive maintenance

IoT-enabled vehicles can broadcast performance and maintenance data in real time, allowing companies to proactively address issues and decrease downtime.

Increased visibility

With IoT, trucking enterprises can follow their trucks in real-time. This improves dispatching and freight tracking.

Improved customer service

Trucking businesses can use IoT to monitor shipments and deliver real-time updates to customers.

Telematics Devices

Telematics technologies benefit the trucking industry in many ways. 

  • They can track trucks, check fuel efficiency and performance, and deliver real-time traffic reports.
  • They can enable drivers to avoid road dangers and increase safety. 
  • Telematics can optimize routes, lowering fuel use and delivery times. 
  • Telematics can improve trucking businesses’ efficiency, cost, and customer service.

How technology shapes the future of the trucking industry

Technology is rapidly changing the trucking sector. The following trends and technologies will likely affect trucking’s future:

Autonomous vehicles

Self-driving trucks are one of the most talked-about advancements in the trucking business, and they might change how things are moved.

Platooning

Automated vehicles create a road convoy. Platooning technology allows trucks to follow one other safely while improving efficiency and safety.

Electric and alternative fuel trucks

Truck companies are becoming more interested in electric and alternative fuel vehicles as worries about climate change and sustainability rise. The cost and availability of charging infrastructure are obstacles to reducing emissions and improving fuel economy with these trucks.

Final Word

Whatever the future may hold, connectivity in the transportation sector is now here. Whether it’s by educating drivers, preventing issues that might lead to breakdowns on the road, or taking advantage of platooning possibilities, it makes sense to find ways that connection can help us run more effectively.

In the coming days, it will be exciting to see the launch of innovative technologies that are expected to further shape the industry.