With the ever-changing business landscapes of industries more globalized and integrated, smarter solutions are in high demand. Most notably in the world of logistics, cutting bottlenecks in field operations is a must. From the modern air cargo trailer to automatic guided vehicles, logistics is facing a roseate future in trucking and container loading. Indeed, smarter technologies are changing how we deliver; and the five below are spearheading that revolution:
These are also in the fray lately. Companies focused on the manufacture of autonomous electric vehicles are seeing the logistics industry as a new growth area. Innovations like lane-assist technology as well as assisted braking features can lessen truck breakdowns and limit repairs. Manufacturers are also finding ways to reduce the costs of these new trucks by using solid-state batteries. These new batteries, compared to their lithium-ion counterpart, have a higher energy density, have a better fast-charging capacity, and are less cumbersome.
Precision Driving: Platoon Technology
Advanced trucks are now capable of precision driving, too. With more sophisticated driving systems, trucks can now arrange in formations. This is called platooning. Controlled by computers that communicate with each other, trucks move in line with precision. Operating via telematics, which is the control of remote objects using telecommunication devices, a truck fleet can save a lot of fuel and reduce emissions. The neatly combined line of trucks also fights wind resistance and minimize traffic congestion.
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is now becoming so widespread. In logistics, it offers efficient location tracking, environment sensing, fleet management, and ecologically friendly shipping. In IoT, a network of devices, appliances, and vehicles share data. Using a sensor mounted on a truck, the system can monitor the driving and road environment, which helps load stability, among others. Some companies are also using cloud-based software to enable shippers access data regarding the location or condition of freight in transit.
Intermodal Transport Systems
These are systems that utilize automated transport technologies to connect two logistic nodes to simplify the unloading process of goods. With this node-to-node connections, controlling economies of scale even with large volume transport is assured. Such high efficiency decreases logistic bottlenecks and avoids potential delays. This technology is very useful in ports, airports, inland or logistics hubs, integrated freight terminals, freight consolidation facilities, and container depots.
Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
Big data can also greatly impact the way logistics companies deliver. It is actually fundamental. With correct data available, the supply chain system will be able to operate seamlessly. A company can collect quality data and analyze it accordingly in real time. Forecasting can be optimized with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI). A mix of big data and AI allows for a more integrated reporting and analysis system that will help not only those on the road but also those handling databases.
Innovations in trucking and loading technology are making logistics a more systematized activity. They are not just providing efficient means to transport goods. They also take into account the environment businesses operate on and the processes that lead to their goals.