How Technology is Affecting Auto Transport Pricing
The auto transport industry is a fairly traditional industry; it really hasn’t changed much in the past fifty years or so, and it really doesn’t need to. If it’s not broke, why try to fix it? Then again, there are some things that need updating, or slight changes to accommodate new advances in technology, fuel pricing, etc. As the United States – and, indeed, the rest of the world – becomes increasingly connected by technology, you can start to see how new innovations affect the traditional auto transportation industry, and in many ways it helps keep you in the loop in regards to your auto transportation and helps keep in contact with your auto transport representatives, which is always a good thing.
One of the biggest things that is affecting auto transport is the advent of the mobile web, particularly new innovations in tablets and mobile phones. With the wireless revolution behind us, we’re starting to see more and more wireless features integrating into businesses, and this is helping auto shippers keep their costs down. While things such as your Bill of Lading and contracts are all still mainly done via hardcopy paperwork, it’s getting easier for auto transporters to find loads via their tablets and mobile devices. More and more truck stops are providing free WiFi for truckers, which makes it easier for them to find new loads – this, in turn, helps keep prices lower, because it’s getting easier and easier to find customers to ship their vehicles.
But how does this affect you? Well, easier-to-find loads means faster pickup times and lower prices because carriers don’t have to look so hard to find good loads. Not only that, but technology is making it easier to communicate with other drivers and with auto transport brokers, which means that auto shippers are able to keep their trucks full for longer periods and they are able to minimize their “deadhead” – how often they are traveling with open spots on their truck. More loads on a truck means less money per load, and as technology makes it easier to keep their trucks full, it means that technology is helping keep the costs of auto transport down. If you’re searching for quotes to ship your vehicle, fill out our free online quote form; you’ll get multiple free quotes from reliable auto shippers that can help get your vehicle moved fast. You can also call our toll-free telephone number to speak to a helpful representative who can help you get quotes right over the phone.