The trucking industry is on the cusp of major changes, with new technologies set to revolutionize the way freight is moved around the country. Here are some of the most promising new innovation in truck technologies 2023 expects to see.
Top New Innovations in Truck Technologies 2023
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks
Hydrogen-fueled vehicles have been in discussions for the past few years. States like California, which is pushing to have more zero-emission cars and trucks on the road and cleaner air by 2035 are leading the charge for clean energy vehicles. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a type of electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell instead of a battery to power the motor. They work by fuel cells converting the chemical energy of hydrogen into electricity, which can then be used to power the electric motor.
There are currently some hydrogen-powered trucks on the road, but as there aren’t many hydrogen refueling stations yet, it’s hard to make this a widespread practice. This new innovation in truck technologies will hopefully better the environment and work to get us cleaner air. It’s likely that in 2023 there will be more advances toward not only hydrogen-fueled trucks but cleaner energy trucks overall.
Tesla made self-driving cars mainstream. But even with a self-driving vehicle you still need a person in the driver’s seat. With the rapid development of autonomous technologies, it is no surprise that autonomous trucks are being developed and tested by a number of companies. While there are still many challenges to overcome before these vehicles can be deployed on a large scale, it is clear that autonomous trucks will have a significant impact on the trucking industry in the coming years.
Many of the tests that are currently being done for autonomous trucks are still supervised so that someone can take over in case of an emergency. Even though autonomous technology is being developed it’s still important to have a licensed CDL driver in the truck. This means that truck drivers are still very necessary for the industry.
Driver-assist systems are a hot topic in the trucking industry and for good reason. These advanced technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we drive, making our roads safer and our journeys more efficient.
ADAS stands for Advanced Driver Assistance System is a popular tool that drivers are getting installed in their trucks. This tool better supports drivers and helps them avoid more collisions. ADAS can include the following:
- Lane Keep Assist: This warns the driver with signals and a “nudge” of the steering wheel if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane.
- Blind-spot monitoring: Alerts the driver if they signal that they’re about to change lanes and there is another vehicle in their blind spot.
- Rear cross-traffic alert: Warns drivers if they are about to back out of a parking spot and other vehicles are approaching.
- Pedestrian detection: This can provide a warning and/or apply the brakes if a person is detected in the road ahead of the vehicle.
- Accident avoidance: Detects if a vehicle has slowed down and there is a probability of a collision — can alert and/or apply brakes to avoid a collision.
- Adaptive cruise control: Maintains a set distance between the vehicle being driven and the vehicle in front of it. Will adjust the speed and apply brakes as necessary to maintain a pre-set distance.
Fleet Management Systems
Fleet Management Systems (FMS) are software programs that analyze and track data related to a company’s fleet of vehicles. It provides insight into metrics such as fuel usage, safety incidents, engine hours, route performance, hours of service (HOS) violations, inspection results, and more.
Using an FMS can help companies better understand their fleets and identify areas where improvements can be made. It also allows companies to optimize their time slot management by identifying the best routes for freight shipments based on cost savings potential from simulation and network design techniques. Additionally, it can provide multi-stop route optimization which can further reduce costs associated with shipping goods across multiple stops or locations.
Time Slot Management
Time slot management helps both the driver and the people at the destination know when the truck driver is coming and what they’re carrying. Truck tracking systems, vehicle sensors, and cargo visibility technologies can all help better time slot management.
Truck Tracking Systems
Vehicle tracking: This involves monitoring of cars, trucks, equipment, and other assets in transportation using sensors such as GPS technology and onboard diagnostics (OBD).
Predictive Maintenance: Sensors record and organize information so that AI can determine the cause of maintenance issues before sending technicians into the field. This results in faster repairs and reduced downtime.
Route Analytics: Telematics provides live traffic data for better routing decisions. It also tracks idling time while tracking a vehicle’s location in real-time. This allows companies to optimize their delivery processes by identifying which routes require more trucks or truck space along them.
Warehousing Optimization: Using descriptive and predictive analytics to address past business outcomes as well as possible future warehousing needs allows carriers to optimize their storage and delivery processes better with more efficient routes or more resources allocated towards certain areas that need it most.
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