5. Autonomous Transportation Technologies
Drones and self-driving delivery trucks will become commonplace, making a tremendous impact on improved traffic safety, keeping roads safer and on-time delivery, reduced car accidents as a key benefit.
According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of traffic accidents involve driver error. There is no more human error input and significant cost reduction and asset optimization with driverless delivery.
- Autonomous forklifts and robot arms are already in the modern warehouse and can load, unload and transport goods within the warehouse and have flexible conveyor belts.
- Sensors, vision, and geo guidance technology are helping the logistics work process. Forklifts can unload cargo and place packages on shelves using a network of devices to transport items.
Mercedes-Benz will be releasing its prototype of the semi-autonomous truck scheduled for 2025. Heavy-duty freight vehicles assist truck manufacturers, including driverless long-haul freight, to help avoid accidents by using the safest movements. Amazon is already using self-driving trucks developed by Embark to move cargo faster.
New Transportation Technology
Game-changing integrated enterprise platform management tools are now easier to use. They are streamlined, helping to manage data warehousing, operational performance, delivery availability, ad hoc queries, interactive dashboards, and a full range of pre-built analytics.
Everything relating to logistics and data management is now more straightforward and uncomplicated. Logistics problems can be aligned to the appropriate technology and deployed in an integrated environment with big data applications for logistics management and transportation companies.
- Relational databases can handle structured data and support business intelligence
- Analytics workloads with fast response time and excel at transactional processes
- Notifications, alerts, high-performance batch loads, model versioning, data governance
- Trickle feed integration processes
- Routing algorithms and applications to analyze data better
- Tools to help meet shorter delivery times
- Aids in reducing logistics costs and improve operations
- Business analysts, shippers, and planners have a line of defense with real-time analytics
- Real-time recommendations – leveraging advanced analytics that delivers data fast and accurate through self-learning
Risk analysis, logistics management, and transport visibility are poor with driver and vehicle mishandled or damaged goods due to unforeseen complications. Logistics and transport analytics can be improved with new technology and green logistics and has undergone dramatic changes by partnering with third-party service-oriented logistics providers for help.
- Some ways 3PL has supported the transport sector are by providing seamless interfacing with transport management systems, conducting assessments, analyzing key performance indicators to evaluate on-time final delivery, and decreasing cost.
- Transportation tracking just got easier with Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology that helps ground handling agents track down freight, cargo, goods, or lost shipments.
Companies like ACL Airshop provide advanced ULD tracking with COREInsight, a Bluetooth ULD Tracking system for cargo control and tagging of carrier shipments, air cargo management, asset tracking, and reporting solutions.
- CoreInsight Node Technology allows manufacturers to track shipments and can remotely monitor packages with Business Intelligence (BI) and aids in operations by accurately tracking cargo with the assistance of ULD equipment.
- Core Nodes is a low-cost and easy installation that saves time and money. Web-based reports, a carrier can visually update their systems in real-time location.
- Tagged ULD cargo shipments effectively link freight to location, adding another dimension to automated shipment tracking without having to lose downtime, which costs manufacturers $50 billion each year.
- Unit load (ULD) devices are widely used in air cargo shipments and cargo pallets used to load freight for airlines.
The GO-Green initiative has begun among the logistics transportation sector, which will help to strengthen our economy by offering cleaner and eco-friendly transportation.
According to the EPA, the largest sources of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions are coming from trucks, cars, vans, motorcycles, including greenhouse gas emissions, road transport, fumes, emissions of air toxics, smog, transportation pollution with poor air quality that negatively impacts the health and welfare of U.S. citizens.
Examples of a holistic approach to “go-green logistics” – reaching consumers in the most
- Environmentally eco-friendly “green” packaging materials (biodegradable, compostable, reusable, recyclable packing material – cardboard, paper, cellulose fibers, plastarch material)
- Load optimization – 76% of shippers are using the route, load optimization
- Route optimization
- Maximizing and enhancing physical logistics processes
- Green freight transportation – optimal paths, green vehicle routing
In a PR Newswire report by Cision – Global Artificial Intelligence in the Transportation Market is expected to reach USD 4.5 billion by 2025. Global Logistics Market will hit $15.5 Trillion by 2023. Logistics focuses on coordination, transportation and the movement of goods, supply chain, customer service, inventory management, the flow of information, order processing, warehousing, material handling, purchasing, and packaging.