With trials already taking place across Europe and the US, investment in automation technology is big. According to research by ITF, as many as 4.4 million of the 6.4 million trucking jobs in Europe and the US could be lost to autonomous vehicles.
It won’t be long before we see ‘driverless’ HGVs traveling in conveys of three, known as ‘platoons’. The speed of all three will be controlled by the lead vehicle, which will (I am pleased to say) be controlled by a human driver.
Is 2018 the year of the genius? Donald Trump is the “smartest man in the room” (according to the man himself). Bill Gates has earmarked $80 million to build a smart city. A $11,000 smart toilet will soon be on sale. And our motorways are getting smarter too.
Uber’s original plans were to offer a complete package of trucking technology including self-driving trucks and smartphone-based logistics services. However, when Uber Freight launched last spring, it was more of a brokerage service matching truckers with shippers.
Long wait times have been the scourge of the trucking industry. In research conducted by DAT Solutions, 63% of the owner-operators and carriers questioned reported drivers spending more than three hours waiting to load or unload freight. I’ve heard of some drivers having to wait six hours – and that’s just not on.
Refrigerated transportation isn’t just about getting perishable goods (primarily food and pharmaceutical products) from A to B, it’s about understanding the transportation and perishability requirements of individual products, ensuring efficiency and compliance along the way.