How Technology is Shaping the Auto Shipping Industry
I’ve been in the auto transport industry for about a decade now. In that time I’ve worked in brokerages and I’ve talked to and interviewed carriers firsthand. I’ve seen the back end, the front end, the side entrances and the trap doors of shipping a car. But something that I’ve seen firsthand and really not talked about is how technology is shaping the auto shipping industry.
What technology is shaping the auto shipping industry
We as a people have seen the absolute explosion of technology in the past thirty years or so. From the humble origins of personal computing to the humble origins of the internet to the not-so-humble rise of computers in our pockets, technology has been shaping the way we live for a long time. And really, it has since the dawn of time. But right now, we are more connected because of technology than ever before.
Integrated logistics systems. Cloud-based fleet management software. Cars that drive themselves. Trucks that drive themselves. More fuel-efficient engines and more aerodynamic cabs and trailers. These are just a few of the technologies that are driving change in the auto transport industry, and more are likely to come. Will come. Because it’s only a matter of time, really, and we’re already seeing how technology is shaping the auto shipping industry.
How technology is shaping the auto shipping industry
Trucks today get better fuel economy than in decades past. Shipments tend to be faster due to better engines and also better route management. Cross-country shipments can take as little as a week depending on the route. Carriers can stay in better contact with their customers which results in more manageable pickup and delivery situations. Brokers can contact carriers anywhere in the world at any time. Tracking systems allow brokers and carriers to follow their cars and orders efficiently and effectively.
All of this has led to a better, safer and more secure auto transportation industry. Some of these technological innovations have also led to cheaper auto shipping prices. To say that technology has had little impact on the way we transport cars is a bald-faced lie. And it’s an even bigger lie if people say that nothing will change in the industry. Because it will change, it is changing, and it will continue to change. But technology is only as good as how we use it. This is why it’s important for auto transporters and brokers and customers to keep up to date with it and make it work for them.
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