Technologies changing the trucking industry


Technologies changing the trucking industry

Source: FleetAnswers Technology is constantly changing, and for those in the fleet management world, that technology is making their jobs easier. In the past decade, technology has become one of the most important tools of the modern fleet manager. Here's a closer look at the three technologies that are changing the trucking industry as we know it, and what can be expected in the future from them.

The Rise of Electric and Driverless Trucks

It's no longer something out of a science fiction series. The reality of driverless trucks and electric trucks is actually here. Semi-autonomous truck technology is currently in the field, and autonomous trucks are being tested right now. Daimler has laid claim to the first tests of a self-driving truck, and should it be deemed safe, it could change the trucking industry forever.

Electric trucks are another factor that are becoming quite relevant. If it becomes possible to switch from fuel-driven to electric fleets, even for big rigs, then the fleet manager will no longer have to spend time focusing on fuel efficiency. While this technology for semis is still down the road, electric vehicles for service vehicles, city fleets, and even city buses have already hit the industry. Reducing fuel costs and CO2 emissions is a positive impact from this change.

The Rise of Electronic Logging Devices

This is a technology shift made critical because of the government. As of December 2017, almost all trucks on the road are going to have to have electronic logging devices (ELDs). ELDs replace the cumbersome and often-inaccurate paper logs of duty required for over-the-road truck drivers.

Integrating ELDs has proved troubling for some fleets, but now that the mandate deadline is nearing, many have implemented their systems and are starting to enjoy their benefits. Some of the benefits include more efficiency in managing log data and greater safety of drivers on the road who must comply with hours of duty regulations more stringently.

Improved Telematics and GPS Tracking Systems

If any technology can be said to have had the biggest impact on the modern fleet, it must be telematics and GPS tracking systems. Now, fleet managers have hard-and-fast data to use to make decisions about sending drivers to customers, improving driver safety, and tracking the location of vehicles in the field. This has implode all aspects of the modern fleet, from improving customer service to reducing fuel and labor costs. Fleet managers can make their fleets more productive, with less cost and less security risk, with the implementation of a fleet management system.

Interestingly, the ELD mandate has caused an increased number of fleet managers to implement telematics systems. Many of the ELD systems on the market today are tied to telematics and GPS tracking systems, which means more fleets are going to start enjoying the benefits of improved tracking and monitoring.

As you can see, technology is having a huge impact on the modern fleet, and this trend is not likely to change any time in the near future. As technology continues to grow and develop, the modern fleet manager will need to learn to adjust along with it, and enjoy the benefits that come with these technological innovations.