Wondering what the future of freight logistics will look like? Then we have great news for you: you won’t be wondering for long.
There have been many huge breakthroughs in freight logistics technology recently that are in the final stages of fine-tuning. Very soon, they’ll be ready for implementation and we’ll see some massive changes in the way goods are shipped.
To be specific, freight shipping is about to become more sustainable, automated, efficient, and convenient for everyone. You see, we’ve already taken a glimpse at these emerging technologies and how they will impact freight logistics. If you want a sneak peek at this bright new future, keep reading.
1. Autonomous Freight Shipping
The applications of autonomous vehicles/drones in freight logistics are limitless. Small loads, (such as Frito-Lays deliveries) can be programmed to deliver themselves! Simply input the address and the delivery drone flies off to its destination.
Larger loads can be transported by autonomous trucks. In fact, that same technology can someday be applied to ships, trains, perhaps even freight aircraft.
Taking drivers out of the equation has the potential to reduce human fatalities from shipping accidents, and not just on the road. For example, 75%-96% of all maritime accidents happen due to human error. Automated ships could prevent such accidents almost entirely.
2. Advanced Transportation Methods
Furthermore, there are alternative shipping methods that are being considered or are already in development. These promise to be faster than current methods and extremely safe, especially if they’re autonomous.
For example, magnetic levitation trains are already in use in Asia. We may soon be using this ultra-fast transportation method for our freight shipping here in the US.
Other freight transportation considerations include underground tunnels, like a subway, to reduce traffic congestion from freight drivers. Or, a depressurized tube, known as the Hyperloop, could transport freight as fast as 600 MPH.
3. More Efficient Routing
Accidents can also be prevented by real-time road hazard/weather advisory alerts. AI-powered routing software implements route changes to avoid these hazards the instant they happen.
And this doesn’t just prevent accidents. It also saves huge amounts off of fuel costs by steering clear of traffic delays.
4. Smart Roads
These technological advancements don’t only apply to vehicles. The roads themselves might soon be outfitted with sensors to assist the technologies described above.
These sensors will detect weather/traffic hazards nearby and alert routing apps right away. This advanced, early warning system will reduce freight traffic delays even more.
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
The IoT, or “cloud technology,” keeps everyone at every stage of the logistics cycle connected. Drivers, recipients, and shippers all receive realtime updates of shipping status.
En-route drivers can be notified of order cancellations and rerouted before driving any further out of their way. Recipients/warehouses are notified instantly of any traffic delays. This technology can be applied to special devices or simply a smartphone.
The Future of Freight Logistics is Bright
How will you prepare for the future of freight logistics? If you’re not sure, we can help!
Contact us here for more information. We’ll answer your questions and tell you how our solutions will improve your shipping/logistics efficiency.