How New Technology Could Impact the Lorries of the Freight Industry

As autonomous cars loom over our roads, we take a look at this new technology and its potential impacts.

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(businesspress24) - Self-driving cars, once the province of science fiction, are coming ever-closer to everyday life. While fully autonomous vehicles are currently in the prototype stage, autonomous features, such as emergency braking and adjustments to ensure that the vehicle stays in its lane, are already in use in existing vehicles. Like almost any new technology in this field, developments in vehicle autonomy are likely to be snapped up first by early-adopting haulage and courier firms. So what developments can we expect in the industry?

What Features Can We Expect in the Near Future?

By 2020, we can expect autonomous emergency braking and other autonomous features to be standard among logistics operators, although this new technology will come in the form of driver assists rather than full autonomy. Widespread adoption of near-full or full autonomy (self-driving cars) will likely take a few more years at least. Meanwhile, we can prepare by ensuring that our fleets have the correct training and guidelines to use this technology safely.

What Do We Need to Be Aware of?

Much like any other new technology, we need to know how to use autonomous features correctly, and how to ensure that they work as planned. A big part of this is hardware and software maintenance. Much the same as with any other software, ensuring that everything is frequently updated should be a part of regular vehicle maintenance, and on the hardware side of things, any autonomous systems need to be regularly checked to ensure that all of the components are in good condition.

A big part of both the software and hardware side of things is calibration: the software needs to be able to get an accurate read from the hardware at all times, and a seemingly small calibration error can completely throw off features such as lane keep assist. Therefore, all members of a fleet need to be well-versed in all necessary guidelines and the risks involved in shirking them. Worryingly, research indicates that 68% of drivers neglect to calibrate even when a calibration is offered and they are informed of the safety risks, so proper safety guidelines and training are absolutely vital when introducing this new technology.

How Will New Technology Benefit the Industry?

First and foremost, autonomous driving features have the potential to make our fleets, as well as all other road users, that much safer. This will also pay dividends in the form of lower insurance premiums and reduced hostility among other road users. As features improve, we may also see improvements in efficiency, smooth engine operation and carbon emissions, which will help keep the industry ahead of climate change reduction targets and keep fuel and maintenance costs down.

Autonomous features have great potential for the industry: they may help keep profits up and overheads down while also ensuring that all road users are as safe as possible. However, their introduction must be met with appropriate training and understanding of the risks and maintenance involved, in order to ensure that these features are as safe and as useful as they can be.

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange is the leading service for matching haulage jobs with available vehicles. They also provide expert articles on new technology in the freight industry and other related topics. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe ''wholesale'' environment.

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Date: 07/28/2016 - 07:31
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