As with any industry so dependent on machinery, road haulage continues to see new innovations creeping into operations. From high-capacity trucks to cab-based vehicle monitoring equipment to alternative fuels, as a block haulage company we continue to benefit from advances in technology. By striking the right balance between practicality and cost, Steward Transport strives to assimilate technological advances that not only benefit our drivers, but also the environment and our clients in Tilbury. What’s more, as a safety conscious brick haulage company, we also aim to fast-track any advances that improve the safety of our road haulage service.
As economies continue to improve in the aftermath of the economic issues at the start of the century, the demand placed on us as a block haulage company has drastically increased in recent years.
Fortunately, innovators and industry leaders continue to find ways to assist every brick haulage company in managing these demands safely while maintaining reliable services.
Below, we have taken a look at some of the more recent technological advances that can already been seen on the roads of Tilbury and beyond, as well as some that might arrive in the near future.
1. Real Time Data
Through the implementation of temperature control systems and vehicle tracking technology, it’s never been easier to track the status of goods when being transported by a block haulage company. With this technology, companies can provide their clients in Tilbury with real-time data regarding the condition and location of their goods.
As a brick haulage company, we may not need to keep our materials at an optimum temperature, but we ensure that our clients receive the peace of mind that comes with knowing their delivery will be made on time.
As concerns continue to grow about climate change, the conversation in the road haulage industry has focused on ways to cut carbon emissions. A particular initiative has begun in Germany, where BMW now operate a 40-tonne truck on a lithium battery and electronic motor. This vehicle has the capability of travelling approximately 100km on a full battery. In turn, this battery has a charge time of 4 hours.
In addition, Adgero SARL and Skeleton Technologies have developed a unique system known as KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) for road haulage vehicles. This system utilises the kinetic energy generated during breaking to use as an acceleration boost. This system aims to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 25%.
3. Road Safety
In a bid to improve safety for the personnel of every brick haulage company and road user, Samsung has begun testing a prototype ‘see-through’ truck. The concept revolves around a wireless camera at the front of the truck and a video wall (consisting of four exterior monitors) at the back end.
If implemented on the roads of Tilbury and the surrounding areas, this would give local drivers behind the truck a clear view of what lays in front no matter the weather or time of day. This could play a vital role in reducing unsafe overtaking as well as accidents as a result of sudden braking, making brick haulage an inherently safer process.
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