The discussion around Fleet Automation techniques in the industry has steadily been heating up since the beginning of the pandemic. Since most companies were forced to adapt to a model of business where employees work from home, much attention has went into better systems to manage back office processes as well as driver efficiency standards. In this article, we will cover some of the most popular processes companies are using to increase profits, reduce accidents, and remain off the radar of the DOT and FMCSA.
The State of Logistics Technology
Until recently, technology in the industry has been slow to keep up with the changing demands of motor carriers. But since the pandemic, new technologies have become available that offer huge upside potential for those who use them.
Fleet Management Software
Fleet Management Software is typically something companies will implement when they want to have a clearer view of their assets in the field. Where they’re at, who’s driving them, operating compliance, etc.
Primarily, companies that integrate fleet management software will see benefits like:
- More clarity into asset utilization efficiency
- Assurance that their compliance duties are fulfilled
- Digitized hiring/recruiting processes
- Digital back office file keeping
- Automated reminders about expirations
When it comes to FMCSA compliance, software is a massive improvement from classic file keeping methods.
DOT Compliance Software minimizes the need to have onsite employees in the office every day. This opens up the door to having remote employees assist with tedious processes that bog down employee job satisfaction and processing bottlenecks.
Autonomous Vehicle Adoption
Since the 1920s, experiments have been conducted on self-driving cars. With promises of safer roads, more comfort behind the wheel, and many times more driving potential, one would wonder why they aren’t around yet.
The first autonomous vehicle tested
What’s the hold up then?
Political resistance as well as safety concerns have long been the main reason AVs aren’t the primary mode of transportation. But in recent years, technology has come a long way. Quantum computers, super-computers, decentralized data warehouses, and more network availability through companies like StarLink have all made it easier for companies to train neural networks and build safer models with real time data.
Today, real time updates can be passed to the rest of the network of vehicles on the road. Communication between vehicles on the road has also improved lately due to the advances in millimeter wave technology like 5g. We are now seeing higher capacity and higher throughputs than ever. With no sign of slowing down.
Amongst the benefits, some manufacturers are projecting:
- Increases in operational utilization of assets by 125%+
- Margin growth of 15%+
- ~45% lower operating costs across the board
- Industry savings in the $100s of billions annually
#3 – Automated Driver Recruiting and Hiring
Anyone who has gone through the process of recruiting and hiring drivers knows that the process is anything but efficient.
The hiring pipeline innately has a high level of friction. Recruiting and hiring drivers effectively and compliantly is a huge challenge. Even for the best companies.
Companies that fail to do this process properly face huge liabilities in the event of an audit. The risk of improperly hired drivers becomes tenfold in the event of a fatal accident.
Outsourcing your driver hiring program can be more cost-efficient, and allows you to hire a full team of experts without having to add to your payroll costs. We are certain that you will save time and money by letting us manage your files, data entry, renewal tracking, ELD monitoring, and much more.