What’s in Store for the Future of the Transport Industry?
For several years the transportation industry stayed relatively stagnant – communications between driver and freight forwarder may have been upgraded from CB radio to cell phones and handwritten logs to email, but the overall data collected and forwarded was the same. Like most other industries, this smartphone is ready to change the shipping industry on its head. Now, with intelligent device intervention we can transfer more data, and collect them in real-time. In addition to smart devices that allow us to stay connected, machine and vehicle technology has made the leap over the last decade, leading to environmentally friendly vehicles, and venturing into the realm of autonomous cars and trucks.
While it may not always be at the top of the executive list, being green is a great movement that comes through the transportation industry. The millennium and other young adults see future payments that will occur in all industries, making it a great investment opportunity. The first companies willing to take some of the short-term losses to change their fleets to be more environmentally friendly will have a big competitive advantage in the near future, resulting in greater profits for their companies.
This is another important topic to consider when discussing vehicle technological advances. When fully enabling self-propelling trucks to make progress to the shipping industry, this will be an exciting event to watch. Is there still a need for individual truck drivers? Will there be long distance driving assistance needed for this vehicle? There are many questions that need to be answered before the driver’s own truck appears, and the time may be exhausted.
In today’s trucks, you not only have drivers with smart devices, but most trucks also have a digital display with Bluetooth connectivity, which allows handsfree use for the most integral smartphone functionality. Of these the most important functions are calling & text messaging, GPS navigation and internet connectivity. With these functions, drivers can connect with their shipping manager at any time. The current app already allows freighters and brokers to track shipments automatically through visibility application visibility. In the future, in-vehicle applications can be created that connect with existing fleet tracking applications to enable driver input on the go.
Seamless Data Integration
As mentioned earlier, smartphone warehouse tracking applications now allow managers to monitor delivery in real time, get accurate updates on location, Live ETAs and more. What this also enables is the collection of these data to be integrated into their supply chain management system, making it easier to collect and organize the data. With this, from one hub, the shipping manager can pull real-time data on all their shipments, from a single digital dashboard.