The trucking industry is always changing. Since trucking plays a vital role in the U.S. economy, the changes in the industry are important for everyone. Take a look at the top four trucking trends for 2017:
1. Government Regulations
Trucking regulations are always changing. Drivers should anticipate more changes in 2017. ELDS systems are required to be installed and implemented in trucks at transportation companies of any size. This regulation, which will be effective Dec. 18, 2017, is expected to create a level playing field for carriers of all sizes because it will create a greater need for shipper and carrier efficiencies. Although drivers will be affected first, there is talk that transportation companies will be wiser with hours of service utilization.
Keep up to date with all of the current law changes on FMCSA’s website.
2. Self-Driving Trucks
In 2015, Daimler Trucks North America revealed the first ever self-driving commercial truck. At its reveal, it drove over the Hoover Dam using autonomous driving technology. Since then, autonomous driving technologies have advanced. In late 2016, another self-driving truck, Otto, successfully delivered 2,000 cases of beer from Fort Collins to Pikes Peak in Colorado. The self-driving truck was guarded by a driver who sat in the sleeper berth. In 2017, we may see autonomous trucking technologies advance as the driver shortage continues.
3. Rising Transportation Costs
The cost of transporting goods will only continue to rise in 2017. Fuel prices are one of the largest expenses for carriers and will continue to hit trucking business owners hard. The need for more truck drivers has caused a rise in transportation costs, too. As companies continue to seek drivers, there will be significant increases.
4. Increased Technologies
Technology is always changing. In 2017, GPS and smart technologies will advance to help determine better routes for truckers and ways to combine loads for cost efficiency. We expect to see more smart technology to allow drivers and transportation companies to track times drivers spend detained and treatment of drivers at facilities. These technologies could help businesses achieve greater profits and increased productivity in 2017.
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