Ingenieur Vol. 74 Ingenieur Vol 72, April-June 2018 - Page 79

systems. Enabling the installation of residential solar and energy-storage systems would make it more economical to recharge EVs, and thus encourage EV ownership. These systems would also reduce grid loads, which helps to lower electricity prices at peak times and to free more capacity for vehicle charging. Officials can set the stage for these advances by working out the extent and makeup of the necessary charging systems, which remain unclear in many cities. KRISTY KNICHEL - Knichel Logistics More and more, we are seeing  new technologies break into the transportation scene. Uber Freight launched last spring and is essentially an app for freight that operates like Uber’s ride- sharing service. Both Convoy and Amazon have apps that target on-demand freight, as well. These apps operate by matching trucking companies with shippers who have freight that needs to move. One of the things I think they may have success with is capturing transactional market share. Currently, these apps are in their infancy and are in limited geographic markets, but there is potential for growth. From our end, we are seeing transactional business pick up substantially, so it’s highly probable that more shippers will become willing to embrace any solution that provides them with a truck. And carriers will be more than willing to embrace it if they feel those platforms can offer them higher- and faster-paying freight. Another potential disruptor is the autonomous vehicle boom.  Tesla has already unveiled their  electric semi-truck, which has a range of 500 miles on one charge.  Pre-orders are piling in from large asset companies, so there is clearly an interest in this technology. No longer having to pay for diesel fuel or the upkeep of maintaining a combustion engine, while having increased visibility from the streamlined cabin of this truck are all alluring factors to many drivers. It looks like right now the only thing holding Tesla back is the 500-mile cap and current lack of charging stations. I still think we are a few years out from seeing autonomous trucks impact the industry in any significant way. A lot of the activity, industry chatter and pre-orders are likely due to the fact that larger asset companies want to make sure they are not just standing around with their hands in their pockets – they want to show their shareholders that they are not ignorant of innovative technology and what may be a new era of transportation. SPENDEDGE Real Time Logistics Tracking Analytics and big data will facilitate integration of trucks and containers into logistics throughout the supply chain. Cloud-based architecture and mobile applications will help transport carriers and companies in tracking and monitoring their vehicle location, t ɅɔɕɔѠѡ)ɥٕȁѥѕɥمѥѡٕ)Qٕ́ݥͼݥѠ͕ͽ)ѡЁݥͥЁѕɵɽє)ѡɕ䁵ѡɅѥ́ɔЁ)ѥٔ)Aɕѥٔ9ݽɬ)Aɕѥٔѥ͕́ѼхѼ)܁ɽѠչѥ́ѡɅхѥ)丁Q՝չЁфЁѡͅ)ɥ͕́Ѽɥٔѥ)ͥ́ѼɕЁյȁ٥ȁѡ)̸͡Q́ͼ́ѡЁɥ́)Քѡ͔ͥ́Ѽɽ٥ѥٕ)ɕѥٔɅɥ́ѡ)ͥɽ̸QɕЁ͡)ɥٕ́Ʌѡ́фѼѡ)̰ɽٔ䰁ѥ͔ɽѕ́)ɕЁɅ)%9QI9Q%=90MM= %Q%=8=AU 1% )QI9MA=IPU%Q@)Uɉͅѥ́Ʌѥѥ́ɔ)她ɕͥ䁥хЁɽ͡ѥ)ѽ݅ɑ́ѡɽՍѥ፡)ݱQ͔ɕ́ɔѥѡ)͡ѥ́ѡȁ)ݥѠɽ᥵䁅ѥ٥䁹܁ɔمՕ)ѡٕȸ%ѡ́ѕаՉɅЁ)ɥЁɔ́ѡȁ䁥(