Technological advancements are changing the way the moving industry operates. Although the goal of technology is generally to make things simpler and easier, the road there can be full of bumps and unexpected turns. You need to keep up, though, or you risk being left in the dust.
Here are some of the latest technological developments to shake up the moving industry.
Truckers are now required to use electronic logging devices.
In this case, technological advancement isn’t a choice – it’s a requirement. Under the electronic logging device (ELD) rule, truck drivers required to keep record of duty status (RODs) and follow hours of service regulations must now use an electronic logging device instead of a paper-and-pen logbook.
The rule went into effect at the end of last year, but full enforcement was delayed until April. According to Trucks, many truckers are struggling with technology issues as they try to comply. Some of the devices aren’t working properly, and one reportedly caught fire.
Fleet operators are using telematics to improve efficiency.
While some fleet operators might be having trouble meeting the requirements of the ELD rule, optional systems have been a boon for others. Fleet operators have implemented telematics in order to cut down on fuel costs and improve driver safety, among other benefits.
Trucks reports that even trailers are starting to benefit from smart technology.
Dashcams are providing key information.
Dashcams are increasingly popular among both personal and commercial vehicles. After an accident occurs, dashcam footage can provide key evidence.
Dashcams are also highly effective at proving that an apparent accident was actually staged by a con artist. Live Trucking reports that a bicyclist in England tried to scam a truck driver this way, but his plans were foiled thanks to the trucker’s dashcam.
Self-driving vehicles are right around the corner.
A lot of people are talking about self-driving ridesharing cars and buses, but self-driving trucks are on the horizon, as well. In fact, the Verge reports that Uber Freight has already started delivering shipments in Arizona, and Waymo has plans to use its self-driving trucks in Atlanta.
Tesla’s Semi is an electric truck that uses the company’s Autopilot system to help avoid collisions. Fleet operators can start reserving it now, as many already have. Jalopnik has a list of companies reported to have ordered the Semi.
Although some truckers might be worried about losing their jobs to robots, Uber Advanced Technologies Group has argued that self-driving trucks could lead to an increase in truck freight while also making the trucking jobs more appealing to a new generation of workers.
There’s an app for everything.
The rise of apps has made it easier than ever to get things done on the go. Both businesses and individuals are using a number of apps to improve the process of moving.
Moving companies can use apps to improve communication with customers. Customers can use apps to find movers. Other apps can help customers with all the hassles that go along with moving day.
- Sortly helps you keep track of the stuff you pack.
- Letgo helps you sell the stuff you don’t want to pack.
- TaskRabbit helps you hire someone to do a variety of tasks.
Amidst all these changes, moving insurance is of ongoing importance. Protect yourselves and your customers. Contact Relocation Insurance Group to ensure that you’re ready for the busy season!