While the transportation industry is often slow to adapt to new technology, the tides are changing, and it’s expected that further advances will be adapted. While changes and tech for the trucking industry are not yet widely in use, the upgrades are a long time coming. The potential for advances in trucking is substantial, and many of the changes we expect to see are highly beneficial for all parties.
Self Driving Trucks and Platooning
While self-driving technology still has its limits, it is at the top of the list for upcoming trucking technology. Currently, semi-self driving trucks have been authorized to operate in Nevada; and it’s likely that other states will begin to follow suit. Self-driving trucks will, of course, still need to be manned. The technology will allow for a resolution to the issue of lack of drivers and help to make trucking safer and more fuel efficient.
Fleet Management Systems and ELDs
It is already mandatory for all trucks to have an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to ensure that both companies and individuals are practicing and providing safe workplace environments. As this software advances, it allows for better, more accurate records and provides for better compliance reporting.
Telematics and GPS Tracking
The term “telematics” is used when describing the ways in which telecommunications and information, and communication technology is integrated into a single unit. This system can be used to send, store, and receive the necessary information to and from trucks regardless of location. When integrated with a GPS system this can allow for a simple to use device that allows for better communication and reporting from trucks irrespective of location. Not only can it help with cost reduction, increased productivity, increasing safety and security, and improved customer service. In most older vehicles these systems are available as an aftermarket upgrade. However, in newer trucks, these systems are often already outfitted.
Baltimore Freightliner-Western for all Your Trucking Needs
Whether you are looking to upgrade your fleet to tow trucks or simply interested in the latest trucking technology, you can rely on Baltimore Freightliner-Western Star. We have provided top-notch service for the trucking industry for 30 years and would love to assist you in buying a new top-of-the-line truck, finding the specialty parts you need, or repairing your truck. Give us a call toll-free at 800-832-7278 or locally at 410-685-4474, or contact us online. To find out more about what we are up to, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.