In the transportation industry, we know the importance of time. As each century passes, our methods of transportation continue to advance rapidly, having what would be costly and timely journey looking completely different today. With technology pushing boundaries, the future of transportation, whether it be for goods or people, continues to progress, making it not only faster but cost effective as well. Let’s take a look at some of the technologies which are changing the transportation industry.
On-demand Ride Services
It was just a couple of years ago that we relied heavily on taxis to provide us with ride services which didn’t fall into public transportation such as buses or trains. Not all of us could wait 30 minutes for the next bus, so, a taxi was a quicker, yet more costly way to get to our destination in a timely manner. Now, with ride services like Uber and Lyft, users are able to connect with drivers using an app. They’re able to get a car sent right to their location 24/7. Though this places more power into the hands of people, it also shifts the dependence away from taxi services.
Let’s step away from public transportation and look at commercial transportation. For companies owning fleets, they would fill up their trucks, provide the driver with instructions and wait for the confirmation call from the other end. However, through the innovation of Telematics, fleet management has now become essential. Fleet management companies use telematics to allow clients to connect wirelessly to their vehicles, monitoring them through GPS, viewing their distances, start and end time, vehicle data, fuel efficiency as well as instances of speeding and hard braking. Thus, companies are able to have more transparency as well as a clearer knowledge and understanding about their vehicles, making any changes if necessary.
Fuel Efficient Rides
The fuel-efficient movement is here, thanks to its leader, Tesla. Electric and hybrid vehicles are now being increasingly seen on the road with over 2 million electric vehicles sold in 2016. Though this number may seem low, it’s a huge jump from zero. More companies are also jumping on the bandwagon and adding electric cars to their line of products. Volvo stated that by 2019, all their engines will be designed with electric motors. In addition, fuel-efficient cars are now affordable, thus, fuel-efficiency will soon be globally adopted by everyone being able to save costs on fuel while decreasing their environmental impact on the planet.
Before smartphones, we were busy listening to the radio while driving, figuring out which streets to avoid and where we can escape the bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, listening to local radio stations for traffic updates is long gone as now, there are mobile applications such as Waze and Google Maps which are able to allow drivers to adapt quickly to changing traffic conditions. These apps do not only affect the average rush-hour driver but rather are usable by everyone, whether they’re commercial drivers, regular drivers or taxi drivers.