Advances in Drivetrain Technology May Mean Big Changes for Truckers
The drivetrain is an integral part of any vehicle. This system connects the transmission to the drive axels, delivering power to the wheels. An especially important component for commercial vehicles which must transport heavy loads of cargo, there have been numerous advancements in drivetrain technology throughout the years. But recent changes may lead to new possibilities for safer and smoother trips. While drivetrains in traditional vehicles are often advertised for their ability to reach higher speeds, their appeal to truckers is based on their ability to provide increased efficiency.
With electronic logging devices becoming mandatory next year, drivers are always looking for ways to get more out of every hour they can legally be on the road. Telematics present new opportunities for commercial vehicle drivers and the companies that employ them. Not only can these devices help boost communication between vehicles, but they can also help vehicles adjust to new terrain very quickly. This means that routes may be reconfigured mid-trip, and drivers can have the advantage in knowing that their rig is more than able to receive important information and handle any type of road condition they may encounter.
These advanced drivetrains may also soon be able to self-diagnose potential mechanical or vehicular problems, minimizing the possibility of delays and accidents related to a faulty part. These systems could, theoretically, be able to locate the nearest repair center or parts distributor in a given radius and schedule an arrival for the trucker. Payment processing could be coordinated online with the trucking company in question, and the entire transaction could be conducted electronically.
These advancements in technology may be able to help trucking companies compensate for the losses many predict will come from new hours of service mandates. By helping drivers make the most out of their time on the road, these advancements may be a great way for truckers to cut costs, boost revenue, and stay safer behind the wheel. While some doubt that the mandatory electronic logging devices will actually improve safety, the ability to adequately adapt to new terrain and to replace faulty parts before they go bad during a trip is very promising for promoting safer trips.