What can we expect from vehicles of the future?
Game-changing advances in technology are revolutionising the way we live our lives in many more ways than one. But one area where technology does seem to be on the cusp of something incredible is in the field of motor engineering. Cars are now able to park themselves, sense danger and adjust their tyre pressures to avoid accidents in wet weather. This technology is all available now (to those with the right amount of cash!), however just like air conditioning, MP3 radio systems and in-built sat-navs and Bluetooth, they will probably be standard fixtures in a few years’ time. By then, there will be a new raft of revolutionary gadgetry – some of which is already being tested right now. So what are these fresh advancements – and how might they help (or hinder) couriers of the future?
Are driverless vehicles on the horizon for couriers?
Recently, Google unveiled its brand new driverless vehicle – just as laws came into play in the UK which allowed driverless vehicles onto our roads. However there is still much scepticism surrounding these vehicles, which have undoubtedly suffered a few teething problems since their conception and release. There’s still (understandably) fear attached to leaving complete control of a vehicle in the hands of a computer. But supporters argue that in actual fact this is safer than continuing to leave vehicle safety at the mercy of human error and recklessness – as a computer isn’t programmed to take risks and make mistakes.
Where couriers are concerned, driverless technology could be revolutionary in many ways. As well as cutting costs for larger courier companies who employ many drivers, it could reduce insurance costs due to the lower risk involved and eliminate costly claims and repair bills brought about by inevitable accidents with humans at the wheel.
Currently, the focus for many couriers is on economy – not just for money-saving purposes, but also for the sake of the environment. Electric vehicles are becoming more and more sophisticated and electric car charging outlets are now appearing in an increasing number of locations. Hybrid vehicles are certainly already a popular choice for today’s couriers – but it’s likely in years to come that as technology becomes more openly available and reasonably priced many will turn to ‘green’ alternatives which have a positive impact on profit margins as well as on the environment.
The best things come in small packages
Mopeds are pretty eco-friendly already – and they can be vital for rapid delivery in busy cities where they are able to nimbly navigate the smallest streets and alleyways and weave through solid traffic jams in order to deliver their shipment. Mopeds and motorbikes of the future could be faster, more efficient and smaller – which could make them a viable option for more couriers in built-up areas.
Up in the air
Drone technology is still in testing stages – so it’s impossible to tell at the moment whether it will become a viable way of sending anything. Their size is limiting, along with a whole host of health and safety concerns – as larger, more powerful drones operate within airspace and therefore a pilot’s licence is needed to fly them.
Whatever advances may be made, efficiency and speed of delivery services should be increased, which can only be a good thing for all involved!