Artificial intelligence can be a buzzword but is also being incorporated in hundreds of industries in the modern day including the truck driving industry. It’s predicted that the AI market within the transportation industry will grow at an annual rate of 18% between 2017 and 2030. Its size is also predicted to increase from $1.2 billion to $10.3 billion in 2030, according to recent research reported by Global Trade Magazine.
Here’s what truck drivers can expect shortly as more truck manufacturers turn to AI technology.
Better accident prevention
Although self-driving vehicles are still in the works, several companies are using artificial intelligence to increase safety features. For example, Tesla is working on technology that controls the truck system for accelerating, braking and steering when in danger. However, truck drivers still need to keep their hands on the wheel at all times.
AI-guided semi-autonomous trucks also help truck drivers stay focused during the end of their shifts. Many truck drivers log over 10 hours on the road each day and are more prone to mistakes in the second half of the day.
Better operations management
What cargo truck drivers haul depends on logistic operating and back office employees. If the cargo, routes or load-to-driver matching is wrong, all parties involved risk lost revenue and angry clients.
AI helps manage cargo, sort inventory and match drivers to the right load with predictive analytics, saving significant time and money and reducing the risk of human error. Plus, you’ll have data to reflect on to help plan shipping routes for next season.
Greater fuel efficiency
The average commercial truck uses about $70,000 in fuel per year and most trucking companies have several fleets based on the services they offer.
Trucks that use AI technology cut fuel costs by up 15% and have the potential to save $35 billion in fuel efficiency gains. Many AI programs have idle reporting and fuel monitoring features that allow managers to analyze fuel waste and costs. Better reporting and monitoring directly lead to better truck driving services.
If you’re looking for a truck driving service to complete your asphalt job in the Rocky Mountain Region, check out the services at Double D Distribution. The team at Double D Distribution also hauls asphalt emulsions, crude oil, milk, dry freight and more. Additionally, if you or someone you know is looking for work in the truck driving field, be sure to browse current job openings and stay on the lookout for more opening up soon.