Innovations in trucking technology to watch for in 2023
The trucking industry has always been a driving force for innovation, constantly evolving to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. While our industry hears a lot about autonomous driverless trucks, there are other new technological advancements emerging at a rapid pace. Among the most significant benefits of these cutting-edge developments are marked improvements in safety and efficiency on the road. In this blog, we'll explore some of the latest breakthroughs in trucking technology to watch for in 2023 and beyond.
While many of these driver-assist technologies are currently in use, there are some that are just now gaining popularity and adoption. It’s important to note these are always improving to help drivers maneuver safely.
Truck platooning is when two or more trucks in a convoy are linked using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems to maintain a set, close distance between each other. The projection for this technology is that the first truck is controlled by a human driver while the subsequent trucks use automation to follow the lead truck, leveraging sensors and cloud-based communications to maintain the proper distance.
This is an interesting development as platooning may make it possible for trucking companies to be more efficient by allowing one driver to direct two or more trucks. Also, since the following trucks experience less wind resistance, they will save on fuel.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The internet of things or IoT may be a new phrase for you. It is the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data. In the trucking industry, these Internet-connected devices have the power to transmit all kinds of data for managing and optimizing supply chains and keeping track of freight. Here are some examples of the IoT in use for trucking:
There’s a lot of buzz in the news about artificial intelligence or AI and we will see it more and more in trucking as well. By harnessing the power of AI, trucking companies can streamline their operations, reduce fuel consumption, and minimize delays due to unforeseen circumstances. Furthermore, AI can assist in identifying driver fatigue, ensuring that drivers take necessary breaks to maintain alertness and safety on the road. The integration of artificial intelligence into the trucking industry promises a future of smarter, safer, and more sustainable transportation.
NTB is keeping a close eye on changes, developments, and improvements in trucking technology – particularly those that can improve the lives and safety of our driving force. If you want to learn more about our opportunities and how we can support you, connect with our recruiters today.