Transport across the world has never been more in the spotlight than now due to the rise in concern over pollution. Pollution is dominating the worlds’ news and governments are now having to act to cut levels of pollution.
We all know too well of our reliance on transport, whether it be the basic school run or major road haulage, like transporting trucks to Auckland, our need for vehicles is growing and there seems to be no sign of it stopping anytime soon.
In an ever-changing world it is interesting to see how things have changed as developments improve. We are also now in an era of self-driving vehicles which are currently been tested. This technological advance will again change trends of transport. The world has become a lot smaller as transport systems have improved. Let’s take a look at some of the main trends soon to hit us with commercial transport.
Self-Driving Vehicles and Automation
Self-driving vehicles are something that we joked about years ago, but the reality is now here. Self-driving vehicles are now coming closer to be seen on public roads. With companies like Telsa leading the way in electric vehicles, it is now more common for us to see electric vehicles in our neighbourhoods. Gone are the days where these vehicles are just there to save money, they are now offering levels of luxury normally see in BMW and Mercedes Benz. Both of these companies now offer hybrid and fully electric cars and they have helped the market change.
We also have Amazon trialling robotic deliveries which Amazon believe will make deliveries safer for pedestrians and drivers. It will also give them the edge on their competitors who still rely on standard road haulage.
Nobody can argue that once self-driving trucks get the go ahead, we will see road safety improve instantly as trucks don’t get tired and will not make the errors that we see from humans. It is this kind of advancement that will see further expansion of this technology.
The uses that major delivery firms will make of this technology are great, making deliveries more direct and quicker. The use of drones to deliver smaller packages directly to customers is already in the works. The major downside to this is that it affects jobs as drivers will not be needed as much. The future of self-driving vehicles is just the next step forward.
Air transport for both passengers and freight has probably seen the biggest change as flying has become more affordable for the masses. More and more airlines are opting for no frills packages to get people flying. In the early days of flying it was classed as very glamorous and very much part of the vacation experience. Now in 2018, it is more about getting places as quickly as possible and hassle free.
The freight side of aviation has also been revolutionised as it is now easier than ever to transport cargo across the world. Formula One teams are one example of people taking advantage of this as they now are able to move all their staff and equipment around the globe with relative ease.
Even the size of cargo that can be flown instead of being transported by sea has seen an increase, with aircraft like the Russian Antonov 225, which has been adapted for cargo services. The advantage of this is also the speed in which cargo can be transported which again fits the pace of today’s society and its expectations.
Public transport is now more user friendly than ever before, even the basic buses or trains now have some form of internet so that passengers can still be online even when travelling. As the cost of motoring increases, public transport will appear more affordable and hassle free. Public transport means a reduction in needing to keep your car serviced, so those auto electrical repairs in Waikato you used to need are only needed occasionally now.
Traffic is also a factor when discussing public transport. Across the world traffic has increased so town planners and local governments are putting in place areas that are just for public transport. Banning private cars from major cities is starting to become more common. Thus making public transport more favourable for customers.
Many companies are struggling with a driver shortage as demand grows so does the need for drivers. Many heavy plant commercial firms often turn to renting trucks and small forklifts so that they don’t have the cost of buying these vehicles and this way they can just focus on staffing.
Renting or hiring a truck may be seen as the preferred method used by haulers going forward as this way they can access the latest vehicles with the latest technology and efficacy without the burden of having to purchase expensive machinery. Purchasing used machinery, however, such as a used forklift for sale, will continue to remain popular as prices are lowered due to lower demand to own.
The domestic vehicle user has seen big changes in the way in which we motor. Go back 20 years, the cutting-edge technology we had then is now standard on most cars. As mentioned above, the need to cut down emissions is vital for the environment, so car manufactures are reacting by continuing to build and design different cars with hybrid or full electric technology. This now has gained pace and the consumer is starting to understand that motoring is changing.
Never before would we consider that vehicles would be able to navigate us where we are travelling, yet alone in the future take full control of the vehicle. This again will see domestic users use their vehicles in different ways and they will be able to use them instead of using public transport making then invaluable on an evening out rather than having to rely on public transport.
Trends in transport have clearly changed over the years and we are set to see even more as we continue through 2018. Self-driving vehicle and pollution free cars such as electric cars are just but one example of how things are clearly going to change the way in which we transport ourselves going forward.