The Highway to Technological Changes in the Automotive Industry


In order to remain relevant in today’s fast past, high stakes, and tech-savvy world, industries (including both producer and consumer) must do their part to keep up with the Joneses.  Even as we are creating more and more ways to get things delivered to us in the push of a button, we cannot forget that there are people and machines fulfilling the demand for our desired products.  Recently, Kuebix’s blog featured an article about the many ways that technological advancements and usage are impacting the automotive industry as we know it.

You may wonder, why fix what’s not broken?  

Truth be told, there are some factors putting major strain on the transportation industry.  We are all aware of the trucker shortage by now, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The article also points out the price of fuel as another example of the “pressure [put] on companies to innovate” and welcome technology into their business plans.  Let’s take a look at some of the implemented technology that the article mentions:

To start, Electronic Logging Devices are now required for truck drivers.  We are also seeing a rise in in-vehicle health monitoring. An idea is in the works for a sort of cloud that will enable “Vehicle-to-Everything” communication, which can include correspondence about a multitude of obstructions or obstacles drivers might face.  These are examples of necessary technology in terms of driver safety, and should be viewed as a beneficial advancement.

Another technological topic that the article raises is that of autonomous vehicles, projecting that we may see self-driving automobiles in a few short years.  With these autonomous vehicles comes the possible benefit of reduced fuel emissions and more free time available for the individuals opting to travel this way.  While it is possible that driver-less cars and trucks may eventually become safer than vehicles operated by people by reducing human error and distraction, for now there has not been enough testing done in climates where there are enough obstacles such as high traffic, pedestrians, and inclement weather.

If you are one highly concerned about the environment, the growing focus on electric vehicles may prove to be the most exciting.  By avoiding fossil fuels, these cars cut down on their carbon foot, or tire, print. If there proves to be a cost effective option involving electric vehicles, it is possible that they will “continue to grow in popularity”.  

There may be big changes in the future of transportation, or simply a series of small, beneficial tune ups to what we have today.  Either way, we will continue to see the fluctuation of the automotive industry thanks to advancements in technology. With any luck, we will continue to improve road safety for drivers, and hopefully care for the environment as well.
Check out the full article to read more about how technology is changing the world that we travel in: