Are Driverless Trucks the Future of Our Industry?
With advances in modern technology, it begs the question, will driverless trucks become the future of our industry? In some parts of the world, driverless trucks are already in operation. They are currently being used in the mining industry in Australia, but can they take over from our current logistics companies to deliver freight across the country?
What are the advantages of driverless trucks?
Research has shown that 90% of traffic accidents occur because of human error. This could be due to many factors such as driving above the speed limit, tiredness, swerving to avoid hitting something, and many more. As driverless trucks are programmed to make quick decisions, they can respond better than a human in these circumstances.
Driverless trucks will maintain the correct speed limit, and they will always ensure there is a safe distance between them and the vehicle in front. They are equipped with navigation and tracking systems to enable them to get to their destination safely.
Without the need for a driver behind the wheel who has to concentrate at all times, these driverless trucks can also travel further distances safely and quickly, as there will be no need for breaks. Self-driving trucks can also operate at any time of the day or night, and they do not need to be paid a pension or sick pay, and this can make the logistics process a lot cheaper.
Technology will also mean that driverless trucks choose the best route to get to the destination the fastest. One of the biggest problems with road travel is traffic that may be encountered, but by choosing the most suitable route, this can partly be overcome. This, in turn, leads to greater fuel efficiency as well. By travelling at fuel-efficient speeds, driverless trucks could make a positive impact on the environment.
Are there any downsides to driverless trucks?
While there may be many advantages to the driverless trucks that our future could hold, there are also inevitably downsides that need to be considered.
In the logistics industry, driverless trucks may mean many job losses, which may impact the economy, as well as devastate many families. However, more jobs will be created to control the driverless trucks, which could be on-board or remotely.
Driverless trucks are also likely to be very expensive to purchase, and for independent logistics companies, they may not be an option that is readily available to them.
What’s more, driverless trucks will mean that humans will have to share the roads with these robots.
What will the future hold?
For now, trucks driven by humans are still going to make up the majority of the way that road logistics operate. However, in the near future, they are a very real possibility, and we may see more driverless trucks on the roads. Yet, there may still be an element of human involvement to ensure safety. Nevertheless, the transition to driverless trucks will not happen overnight, and it needs to be a slow process to guarantee safety. This will also mean that truck drivers will not be forced out of work.
No matter what the future holds, you can rely on FCB Logistics Group to complete your road freight transport to and from North West Queensland. We are proud to offer a personal touch to our customers, and we always deliver on our promise. We understand your business needs, as well as having excellent knowledge of the Australian roads to get your goods to their destination in good time.
For a company that you can trust both now and in the future, choose FCB Logistics Group. Contact us today for a quote to deliver your freight.
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