Self Driving in the Shipping Industry
Whether it’s from Google, Apple, Uber or otherwise, the propulsion vehicle itself will become the ultimate game changer in the next few years. This autonomous vehicle will surely insert itself into many industries, but what will surely be the hardest hit is the shipping and transportation industry. Every day the truckers track thousands of hours driving across the country carrying goods from warehouse to warehouse, but what if the driver is not needed?
If this shipping truck can go from point A to point B without driver, how does this affect the industry? One of the biggest changes to come is certainly a hit for the workforce. There are currently more than 3 million truckers in the United States alone, so this will greatly devastate the job market. Pro autonomous trucks will come in shipping companies’ savings as the need for skilled truck drivers will decrease, the roads will be safer, because so far the driver’s own vehicle has safer driving records than the manned vehicles, and also allows shipping managers to manage the scheduling of their shipments by better, because you do not have to worry about considering the sleep / feeding needs of the drivers.
The delivery manager is probably some of the most excited for this new technology to be mainstream. Currently, there is an application and software platform that provides shipping tracking solutions that provide real-time information and updates to shipments for transport and broker carriers, but in the future this app may be more versatile. They can integrate full delivery automation that enables managers to set start times for delivery and have the ability to plan routes well from their offices – without having to spend extra time in coordinating with drivers.
The technology needed to allow truly autonomous shipping trucks is still quite a bit, but this is something the shipping industry needs on their radar. Technology companies are racing to be the first to reveal their own vehicle, when will their goals be achieved? It’s too early to say for sure, but maybe closer than you think.