5 developments to optimize our life.
Everyone is cheering for Tesla autos and even dreaming of attracting a gigafactory to their community. Who wouldn’t want to be part of history? The first ever is a ecological-economical co-evolution where the two seemingly opposing extremes meet to mark the highest order of advancement, i.e., zero footprint development that sets man on the right, non self-destructive course, once and for all. To no avail, however, the out of this world CEO is currently undergoing great scrutiny and lawsuits with yet another delayed promise, namely the new Tesla battery. The good news is, other developments are undergoing to pick up the slag. Let’s take a look.
1. Electric Trucks
In the future, Tesla won’t be the only key player in the market. Nikola, Einride, Daimler and Volkswagen are also advancing technologies to make trucks safer and more secure on the road with significant enhancement in fuel saving. Starting with lane changing and braking technology that refines self-driving trucks of tomorrow, it also comes with a big benefactor of significantly less maintenance requirement as a result of less deterioration from freight operation thus a more cost-effective overall package, altogether. Nevertheless, the key benefit of technological advancement, in this case, is minimal roadway accident.
With everything going according to plan, the key success factor for e-trucks remains the same achilles heel for EVs since the dawn of clean energy; storageability and rechargeability. The time requirement per charge, traveling distance per charge, availability of charging stations definitive of operational territory, and most importantly, the size and price of the battery are all on a viability tipping point. The latter two of which are about to get significantly smaller around 2020, says Toyota’s new super e-battery. Meanwhile, as Tesla is testing e-trucks that can drive up to 800 kms without charging, Volkswagen is developing an even cheaper prototype by focusing on economical charging solutions. BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen together, on the other hand, are collaborating to create a charging network for e-trucks and EVs across Europe.
Platooning is the grouping of transport vehicles into a single file convoy aligned closer to each other than normally possible to travel in the same speed range for maximum aerodynamics, where an automated operating system is required to run the convoy as a single unit to stop and accelerate all vehicles in the platoon simultaneously. Doing so saves energy, manpower, maintenance costs and above all, pollution. According to a survey by Peloton, the companies that adopt such a system can reduce fuel consumption in the front vehicle by 4.5% and 10% in the last.
3. Internet of Things (IoT)
Known to many as the the interconnection of objects via the internet that constantly send and receive data that can be computed in real time, the IoT, according to the founding concept, is the optimization and convergence of three core infrastructures: telecommunications, energy, and logistics, including manufacturing. Seemingly a concept out of a sci-fi comic book, the IoT is very much active today affecting every aspect of our lives already without us even noticing.
Several companies are implementing IoT infrastructures. Kuehne + Nagel, for example, are applying sensors and a cloud computing to keep track of real-time shipment status at each location where the product is processed. Moisture content from cargo pallets, including the impact on the pallets, for instance, can also trigger an alert to management. IoT will play a key role in, not merely monitoring transport status in real time, but also in terms of data-driven management and decision making, as well.
4. Big Data
Big data is an expansion on legacy data-mining concepts where databases were either disconnected, had incompatible data structures, simply too large to be processed by relational database engines, or were too small to uncover meaningful underlying patterns from content data, with streamlined procedures in real time.
Big data will play a significant role in Predictive Analysis for freight load and asset utilization calculation-optimization, both of which are crucial to transportation operations. However, first things first is information accuracy, or in other words, data and therefore system integrity. The point is that AI leads to data accuracy and data accuracy leads to accurate analysis.
Although the future is driven by automated-mobiles, drivers will still play an important role in the transportation business. Based on Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group forecast, even with its own trucks, automation is limited to long distance transportation from one city to another while last mile transportation still requires people’s touch to circumnavigate complex transportation in the city. However, drivers will benefit immensely from available technology mainly from user-friendly applications and simplified requirements that optimizes safety.
Bottomline, the 5 technologies holds the key to an easier, leaner, greener and more economical life, for all.
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References and photos transmetrics.eu, eutruckplatooning.com, peloton-tech.com