The highly competitive telecom business is always looking for new targets for technological disruption. Fortunately for us, trucking is now one of the hottest targets right now. Our industry has been starving for technology for decades, and now we are getting the attention that is so overdue. Telecom companies are aggressively looking for ways they can develop their technology to make trucking more efficient, safer, and better for drivers.
As a case in point, consider the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The annual show draws hundreds of thousands of industry participants throughout the telecom industry. This year’s show was somewhat unique in that some of the biggest players in the business were displaying technology specifically designed for the logistics industry.
Nokia’s chief executive officer was one of the keynote speakers of the week, and he made it clear that mobile technologies for the logistics and fleet management arenas are pushing the telecom industry to develop new kinds of networks that will meet their needs. Those networks could eventually set the trucking industry apart in day-to-day mobility.
New Tech in Our Trucks
New mobile networks designed for the trucking industry would mean all kinds of new technology in our trucks. Imagine driving a truck that stayed connected across a chain of networks as the driver moves from one county to the next, across multiple states. With that connectivity, truck owners can:
- better plan and adjust routes
- improve fuel mileage
- better track cargo
- improve pickup and delivery schedules
- improve regulatory compliance
- improve truck service schedules.
The whole point of connected trucks is to use information and data to improve how things are done. From the driver’s standpoint, there is a lot of potential here. Routing is one example.
The truck driver can plan a route between California and Texas using the same roads he or she has taken in the past. He/she might pull out a cell phone and check traffic reports every few hours when he/she stops for a break. But what happens in between? A connected truck with real-time traffic data constantly flowing could warn the driver of problem 20 or 30 miles ahead, then automatically calculate a new route to get around the trouble while losing as little time as possible.
The implications of real-time routing are staggering when you understand how much time truckers loose to heavy traffic, accidents, bad weather, and so on.
Trucking Has Come a Long Way
There is no doubt that the trucking industry has come a long way over the last several decades. Technology is but one area of improvement. There are other things to consider, though. For example, fleets are now embracing new trucks with automatic transmissions in larger numbers than ever before.
It used to be that manual transmissions were preferred because they offered better fuel mileage and greater control. But that is no longer the case. Manufacturers have improved automatic transmissions to the point that they are now superior to their manual alternatives. A big rig with an automatic transmission is a lot easier to drive and more fuel-efficient to boot.
All the advancements in trucking over the last several decades have certainly made truck driving jobs attractive to more people. And that’s good. Better technology and equipment is making it possible for us to recruit new drivers who would never have considered truck driving in years past.
Are you one of those potential drivers? If so, C.R. England would like to talk with you. Why not speak to one of our recruiters about your career as a truck driver?
Trucks.com – https://www.trucks.com/2017/03/02/mobile-world-congress-trucking/