Technology in Trucking
By: Mike Taylor
The world is continually evolving, and logistics is an industry on the forefront of growth. Technology is a tool that expands upon human capabilities while offering revelations in safety, routing, dispatching and so much more!
Safety has remained a priority for universal innovation. As we know, electronic logging devices (ELDs) were mandated on December 18th, 2017 altering the ways that drivers are obligated to record their compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) requirements. Most ELDs will forward information to a centralized dispatch in real-time which allows a safety or fleet manager to observe specific drive segments. The need for keeping paper logs has become a thing of the past.
As a residual effect of the implementation of ELDs, we have seen an increase in cost to the customer because now many loads over a certain mileage will also require layovers since drivers cannot alter their logbooks or HOS. Though this model is more costly, it does ensure driver safety.
ELDs have also resulted in breakthroughs with routing and scheduling. Dispatch can better plan for loads based on previously recorded logs, increasing efficiency and decreasing travel time. GPS is currently able to provide drivers with a discernible route from point A to point B, while contributing traffic and weather updates. These tools make it possible for customers to access up to the minute tracking information on their shipments from wherever they are in the world.
Technology continues to amaze us in the trucking industry and in our everyday lives. It is truly hard to imagine where we would be without the inevitable force of modernization.