As 2019 winds down, here are the main issues that faced the trucking industry this year according to a survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). As expected, driver compensation was the most critical issue in the trucking industry for commercial drivers in 2019. The top issue for motor carriers was finding drivers due to a driver shortage.
Gas stations across the United States are required to implement EMV Chip Readers at their pumps beginning in October 2020. Although this is a very costly transition for retail stations, the benefits for consumers will conceivably outweigh the cost. Card skimming has skyrocketed over the past few years and by having chip readers at the gas pumps, skimming should decrease.
Drone delivery could be part of regular freight transportation by 2020. Vision Profile Extrusions LTD, a manufacturing company in Vaughan, Ontario, recently teamed with Drone Delivery Canada Corp or DDC. DDC is a drone technology company focused on “the design, development and implementation of its proprietary logistics software platform using drones”. According to ttnews.com, Drone Delivery will deploy its takeoff and landing zones as well as additional drone flight infrastructure on Vision’s company sites. It will deploy its Sparrow cargo drone, with a capacity of up to 10 pounds, on defined flight routes between Vision’s properties in Vaughan.
Manual transmissions are out and automatics are in. Although a little different than the automatic transmission in a car, a majority of semi-trucks are now being made with this innovative transmission. These new transmissions are easier to learn how to drive and can even help companies’ lower costs because of their economic efficiency.
Autonomous trucks are coming in the near future and truck drivers could be a thing of the past. However, even though you don’t technically need a driver for an autonomous vehicle, it will be required to have someone sitting in the truck while it drives autonomously from one city to the next. TuSimple, an autonomous technology developer, has recently partnered with a Tucson, Arizona Prima Community College to develop a college certification course for this future job.