Here’s an exercise in future think: You know what can happen now at a roadside inspection of one of your trucks. But what might happen in the perhaps-not-so-distant future at one of those routine occurrences when your truck is highly or fully automated? And how might a truly “driverless” truck be inspected at an accident scene?
Industry Trends & Drivers
In both leasing and ownership, if everyone takes pride in the asset, it is going to operate far better than if you just defer maintenance and fool yourself into thinking you are saving money by doing so.
Trailer manufacturer and aftermarket distributor join forces, integrate technologies, to keep the freight moving.
The forecast of the cost of maintenance and unscheduled repair is anticipated to go up in CY-2021.
New collaboration through the EC’s Freight and Goods Delivery Electrification Project will demonstrate a scalable transition to electric trucks.
Understanding how trucking is using electric and automated vehicles today can help predict how the industry will use them in the future.
One trend that is gaining momentum among commercial fleets during the pandemic is the use of mobile maintenance vendors.
Fresh off a $10 million raise, Swedish trucking technology startup Einride has put its autonomous electric trucks on the global market. Until now, the vehicles, known as “Pods,” had been deployed only in pilot projects. They can be reserved by customers in the U.S. and abroad.
Autonomous trucks promise a remedy to problems such as the driver shortage and safety, but the path to adoption presents challenges.
Volkswagen owned truck manufacturer Scania is betting on solar energy to reduce fuel consumption in its trucks. The company is testing a concept of a solar cell clad trailer to power a plug-in hybrid truck.
Locomation announced it will leverage an autonomous vehicle computing platform from Nvidia for the commercialization of self-driving trucks starting in 2022.
Despite contractions in 2020, ATA projects that the long-term trend for trucking, as well as for the overall freight economy, is positive.