The Future of Freight Shipping Is Less Emissions
The development of the shipping industry has given rise to the popularity of logistics hubs, truck bays and large warehouses, which receive, store, sort and distribute goods all over the country, through their transportation vessels. However, according to Asaf Ashar, an emeritus research professor, with the University of New Orleans’ National Ports & Waterways Initiative, delivering goods by using rails is much more energy efficient than using trucks for this purpose.
But even though railways provide an energy-efficient way to transport goods, they are only suitable for long haul or mid-range hauls in the U.S. This is the reason why many manufacturing and distribution companies opt for the trucking and fleet companies. Trucks are preferred because they provide their clients the flexibility to transport products over a wide geographic spread. This is the reason why most of the products we use in our daily lives have, at some point, resided in a trailer at the back of a truck.
According to the American Trucking Associations, trucks are responsible for carrying at least 70% of the overall goods that are transported in the U.S. annually. This massive task is fulfilled by 3 million trucks and 37 billion gallons of diesel. The trucking companies realize the importance of mass transportation and understand the scale of their operations. They also accept that these operations result in environmental hazards, and several companies are making progress in devising plans to reduce the harmful effects of trucking on the global ecosystem.
Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a professor at Hofstra University and an expert in transport geography said, “It’s their bottom line. They want to find more fuel-efficient vehicles, and they do a lot of research into optimization algorithms for the routing of their trucks, from making sure they turn in one direction to minimizing wear and tear. When you have a fleet of thousands of vehicles and you’re able to save 1 or 2 percent of fuel or maintenance costs because of more efficient routing, it’s big money at the end of the year.”
Last year, several fleet enterprises introduced environmental friendly solutions and they plan to implement them this year too. The solutions to combat the harmful effect of diesel and carbon emissions are therefore making headlines. Experts are predicting that autonomous trucks will be the first category of automotive to introduce driverless operations, which will allow them to perform their duties for longer hours than any human driver, and the fuel efficiency will save a lot of fuel volume, and thus be instrumental in decreasing the overall carbon emissions.
Automation may seem like the biggest change, which is predicted to transform the trucking sector; however, it is not an evolutionary system and has been implemented in the past few years to automated cranes that move containers from ships, trains and trucks. Another example of automated service is the algorithm that routes and schedules deliveries, which improves the overall influence of the goods management system and cuts back on cost and energy strains on the economy and the environment.
Rodrigue explained automation in transportation by saying, “Not anything within a year or two, but within a decade or so we could see very interesting stuff. A lot of vehicles will be self-driving, dropping stuff automatically at some specific, pre-set points, and the loading and unloading will be somehow automated, and people will just need to pick up their stuff.” – See more at: http://truckernews.com/the-future-of-freight-shipping-is-less-emissions-p629-90.htm#sthash.ELxZ20Yf.dpuf