By Paul Fitzgerald on May 2, 2017
In less than a decade or so, self-driving vehicles that communicate with one another will likely take over our roads and highways. What are the implications for your fleet business? How will self-driving vehicles change and benefit your business operationally?
That transport truck barreling towards you is a forceful object driven by a person that has good days, bad days, may be tired or rested and is susceptible to any number of distractions while on the job. That is about to change.
According to the American Trucking Associations’, $726.4 billion worth of freight (weighing in a 10.49 billion tons), was hauled across the U.S. in 2015. This sector represents an enormous chunk of economic activity and it is now one of the most innovative fields in transport, thanks to the push for self-driving trucks.
Self-driving trucks represent sea-changing technology that carries with it important implications for your business:
Taken together, the shift to self-driving vehicles, in general, and trucks, in particular, have major implications that will forever alter the way the transportation industry manages hauling goods.
The American Trucking Association estimates that a driver shortage of 240,000 will exist by 2023. This has the power to disrupt transport of many goods and negatively affect business without a surge in driverless trucks occurring at roughly the same time. Young people are less willing to spend time away from home so an aging mobile workforce is getting harder and harder to replace.
In addition to solving the labor shortage problem, here are some other benefits that self-driving trucks can bring to your business:
When self-driving trucks begin to populate the roads and highways within the next decade, the full impact of the IoT will be evident. Inter-connectivity allows for driverless trucks that communicate with one another, lessening the likelihood of crashes, saving fuel, and increasing profits.
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