Lindsey Patterson en Technology 12/9/2017 · 2 min de lectura · ~100

Digitized Trucking Changing the Transport Industry for The Better

Digitized Trucking Changing the Transport Industry for The Better

With more than 1.7 million truck drivers in the US alone, medium and heavy-duty trucks generate 23% of the total US transportation sector's overall greenhouse gas emissions. Such a huge portion of the total emission is the reason why the industry needs improvement. Electrifying and automating the truck industry has seen an increase over the past few years with more startups in Silicon Valley entering the new niche. Even though they share a common goal of using to technological advancement to revolutionizing trucking, each of these innovators has a different aim. Some seek to improve fuel use and emissions, while others want to reduce the number of truck-related accidents on the roads. All in all, electric trucks continue to capture the public spotlight, with e-commerce giants Amazon leading from the forefront of this new technology. Amazon is not alone as more tech, and automotive industry players have joined hands to champion electric trucks. These new entrants have created tremendous positive effects in the transportation including:


Efficient Parcel Delivery


The modern use of technology incorporated in parcel delivery through introducing package tracker and telemetric has enabled safer cargo and freight efficiency. However, every industry can usher in new improvements. Electric trucks combined with drones are the latest technology advancement witnessed in the trucking industry. Drones are mounted on top of delivery trucks to save on time and fuel unlike when using a warehouse-based drone.


Reduced Accidents


The safety of other road users concerning electric trucks is also a beneficiary of this incredible technology. 1.4% of fatal truck accidents are as a result of driver-fatigue, but with electric and autonomous trucks, transportation is destined to be safer. Companies such as Daimler plan to use self-driving electric trucks to reduce stress on the drivers.


Reduced Pollution


Fuel is another reason why Silicon Valley is venturing into trucking. Electric trucks are also known as "Zero-emissions" trucks due to their reduce petroleum consumption and having no tailpipe emissions. With the use of electricity to power trucks, less dependency on oil will be more attainable, and this will substantially reduce carbon emissions. Reduction of air pollution by use of the hybrid trucks will benefit the related healthcare sector as less respiratory cases will be reported. Less dependency on oil will have a significant reduction in the cost of transport and ultimately the overhead costs. As el