Technological Advances Changing The Transport Industry
The way you buy and consume technology is changing, and it’s evolving at a more accelerated rate than ever before. These advancements are having a tremendous effect on the transport industry as electric and semi-autonomous vehicles are being introduced and different methods of transport are being developed. Positively, many of these technological changes appear to be helping the environment as emissions are reduced as is the need for as many cars on the road. Technological advancement has changed the face of how goods are posted and delivered around the world. It now means that you can track your delivery and monitor the driver’s journey as well as account for missing and undelivered goods more readily, developing a more transparent industry for all to enjoy.
Companies such as Volkswagen, Nissan and BMW are already heavily invested in the advancements of electric power, with each selling hybrid and electric vehicles. Electric vehicles appeal to the masses as they are cheaper to run and also cheaper to maintain. The transport industry is going green, and with good reason. Harmful emissions are cut, and vehicles that have especially low emissions benefit from lower tax.
Technological advancements are also shaping how you spend money. Since advancements are happening so quickly, it means that technology deemed new just months prior, soon becomes outdated and replaced. So, the way in which vehicles are used and purchased is changing as a result. Leased cars are growing in popularity as you don’t have to pay the full cost of a car that could well feature outmoded technology in only a few years. Leasing a new car from a reputable leasing company for a period of between three to five years allows you to enjoy its benefits to then hand back the keys in exchange for a new vehicle when the time arrives.
Self-driving cars look set to join the roads sooner rather than later, with some companies such as Google having already tested them out. Tesla has already announced that its semi-autonomous trucks should be on the market come 2019. The transport industry will alter dramatically as new and advanced technology becomes more widely accessible and affordable. In the future, the need for a driver will be eliminated, despite the current law listing how there does need to be a driver present in the moving vehicle. This will most likely be subject to change as the technology becomes trusted and more heavily used.
Parking in the city can cause all sorts of congestion problems and can result in collisions and injuries. Cities are densely populated, so throw moving vehicles into the mix and you have a stressful and potentially unsafe space for pedestrians and drivers alike. Finding parking in busy cities can be a nightmare, and you’re often left driving round in circles wasting time looking for a spot to park your car. ParkMan has developed technology that connects the app to your phone to seamlessly find an available parking space and direct you to it.
Amazon caused quite a commotion when it announced plans to use unmanned drones to deliver packages and parcels to customers. There will have to be serious practical, and safety considerations before these robots can take to the sky, but once off the ground, literally, these drones could dramatically alter the transport industry. If, and when they do, there will be fewer road vehicles needed which will result in a reduction in harmful emissions and less pressure on the country’s roads.
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