Back in the day it would be an absolute nightmare trying to get hold of a driver, and nowadays you can actually track their every movement and keep in contact with them 24-7.
If you suddenly need a driver to change direction or skip a delivery destination then you have to be able to communicate that message to them, and fleet management services can help you achieve this. Some companies will handle every aspect of your fleet from mileage measuring to license checking and accident management.
Whether you have a taxi firm or a fleet of lorries communication is key and today so too is tracking, and you can then best advise a driver out of a trick situation, monitoring traffic and accidents. Fleet management can cover all areas of your fleet so you don’t have to, and it’s something many companies are looking into.
Logistic operations do not always run smoothly. Sometimes deliveries need to be made to harsh environments such as the outback in Western Australia, or muddy hills in countryside.
Off-road operations often still include lorries, and there are off-road lorries out there that can handle tough terrain. Not all countries are fortunate enough to have smooth tarmac roads, and some lorries are cleverly designed to handle heavy loads on poor surfaces.
There are always going to be tricky areas that are difficult to access but you don’t always have to have deliveries flown out to the location, lorries and trucks can still be used, it just means that you have to have a fleet of vehicles which are kitted out to perform well on horrid surfaces.
Autonomous vehicles goes by many different names, but what it refers to is a vehicle which requires no driver. Current technology allows them to work through the use of sensors, which, through the use of an in-car computer, allows them to create a detailed idea of the cars environment, so that it can react to changes in geography, the changes in the road conditions, weather conditions, and whatever unexpected situations, like a car breaking in front of them, or a child running into the street. Having a system which is able to react correctly to any changes in its environment is a necessary component for any autonomous vehicle.
After these vehicles have finished their development, which may be as soon as ten years from now, we may see whole fleets of truck or taxi drivers being replaced by machines. We will also see some positive changes, like the elimination of human error and car crashes. Any changes that will take place are sure to change slowly, due to the fact that this technology is set to costs many thousands of pounds beyond a standard vehicle.