How Has Technology Modernized Trucking? 

We live in a world of fast-paced technological advancements, which have fundamentally shifted the way things are done. Most companies have embraced technology to streamline critical processes to help reduce COGs. For workers, technology has helped make job duties faster and easier to perform. 

Due to the increased level of disruption, innovation has had a significant imprint on the supply chain. The trucking industry has seen many recent advancements which have provided benefits for trucking companies, truck drivers, and shippers. Let’s dive a little deeper. 

  • Improved safety: advanced safety features such as lane departure warnings, collision avoidance systems, and electronic stability control have reduced trucking accidents.
  • Better Customer Service: GPS and telematics systems track trucks in real-time so everyone knows the exact location and status of trucks leading to improved efficiency, reduced downtime, and better customer service.
  • More loads: AI-powered software dynamically matches shipper loads with compliant carriers who are notified via mobile app. With freight brokers eliminated, carriers bid directly on loads resulting in more money in the carrier’s pocket. 
  • Increased efficiency: ELDs have replaced paper logs, making it easier for drivers to comply with hours-of-service regulations. ELDs also provide more accurate data on driver behavior and performance, helping companies to improve safety and efficiency.
  • Stronger Decision Making: collecting and analyzing data means stronger decisions related to operations, including driver behavior, fuel usage, and maintenance records to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance safety.
  • Greater connectivity: Wi-Fi allows drivers to communicate with families and colleagues and access important info while on the road.

So no matter what company you work for, or what job you perform, chances are you have been impacted by technological advancements that have helped streamline your job and made it easier. There’s no question that technology has modernized the trucking industry, leading to increased efficiency, improved safety, and better customer service. As technology advances, so too will the trucking industry.

This blog is written by Caitlin Radick.  Caitlin is a Carrier Success Leader & Product Expert with Sleek Technologies.  She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  Caitlin has over 15 years in customer service, and 5 years of experience in logistics and technology.