Top 5 Trending Technologies that will Influence Trucking Industry in the Future
Published On Jun 10, 2016
After being stagnated for a long time, the trucking industry is suddenly being bombarded by several new technologies. Let us have a look at the top trending technologies that have the potential to change the face of the trucking industry in the future.
This technology which deals with long distance transmission of computerized information is going big since the past couple of years. The enabler of other technologies, telematics helps in vehicle to vehicle communication that will enable platooning, amplify safety and lead to intelligent transportation systems.
2. Safety technology
More than 40 percent of casualties on Indian roads are associated with trucks. Due to this manufacturers are increasingly prioritizing safety. Safety technologies help reduce the chances of collisions and ensure more reliable vehicles both for the driver and cargo. The trending safety technologies in the global trucking industry are antilock braking systems, lane departure warning, collision avoidance systems, stability control, rear view cameras and side monitor cameras and sensors.
Global trucking industry experts predict that platooning will become operational within the next two years, thus leading to huge savings and increasing the safety of vehicles. For example, in a two truck platoon, savings of up to 10% and 4.5% have been demonstrated by the rear truck and the truck at the front, respectively.
4. Fuel efficiency
Aerodynamic improvements is a significant factor that will change the look and design of future trucks. These improvisations in tractors and trailers will result in improvement in fuel efficiency. For example, a 25 percent reduction in drag can lead to around 5 to 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption.
5. Advancement in engine technology
One of the most trending technologies is the advancements in truck engines such as downsized engines, alternative fuels, electrification, automated manual transmissions and the adaption of 6x2 axles in more and more vehicles, thus leading to lesser fuel consumption and an increase in savings.