It is probably no surprise that technology is impacting the trucking industry and will continue to do so more and more. Autonomous trucks are still a few years away, but other areas of technological innovation are just around the corner. Here are three that will change trucking as we know it today.
Trucking accidents are expensive. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the average trucking accident costs $148,279. Up and coming safety technologies to reduce accidents include stability control, collision avoidance systems, blind spot warning devices, cameras (side monitor, forward facing, interior and rear view), lane departure warning systems and anti-lock braking systems. Since the average cost of a lane departure system is, for example, $700 to $800, installing these technologies can save the trucking industry millions of dollars every year.
This innovation essentially lets two trucks talk to each other. Electronically connected, the vehicles are able to travel closely to one another while moving safely at a high speed down the highway. This reduces aerodynamic drag and fuel costs. Industry leaders predict that the technology will eventually lead to convoys made up of several trucks.
The long-distance transmission of computerized information, also known as telematics, is already changing the trucking industry through dashboard analytics apps, GPS apps and more. It is the technology behind platooning, but it will also soon let original equipment manufacturers update software from remote locations, let moving trucks relay data as they pass by sensors and more.
The trucking industry is on the edge of huge technological advances. Not only will they reduce costs for the trucking sector. They will also make the nation's highways safer for everyone.