5 Transportation Trends to Watch in 2021

5 Transportation Trends to Watch in 2021

"What are the ways to serve zero disruption services for customers?"

"How can we optimize freight costs?"

"How do we ensure the safety of our team at this odd time?"

"How do we relieve through unusual events like the pandemic?"

2020 and 2021 have given us some tough questions to ponder. Ever since the pandemic hit nations, every industry around the world has suffered through ordeals and crises. Out of which, the transportation and the logistics industry has seen the worst hit of all. As people stayed at home during lockdown to help lessen the spread of COVID-19, the need for contact-less deliveries and, more significantly, customer convenience sky-rocketed. With the growing requirements and advancing competition in the market, businesses deployed in the logistics and transportation industry require the need to upgrade and utilize new technologies to sprint back to delivering higher quality services and customer satisfaction.

While most transportation businesses succumbed to the challenges thrown by the pandemic, there were a few who took to the occasion and withstood the pandemic with focused adoption of new techniques, giving birth to new transport trends that may benefit the future of logistics and transportation services. 

Rising Innovations for Efficient Transportation in 2021

Optimizing Asset Utilization with Cloud Computing: One of the most striking trends for the transport industry shall be the adoption of cloud-based systems. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) model initiates unlimited opportunities to scale, and innovate the usage of digital resources. Hence, allowing higher profitability, exceeding the capabilities, and increasing the ROI.


Rise of mobility-as-a-service (MaaS): Digitalization gave birth to the use of automated and intuitive platforms making travel easy, smooth, efficient, and hassle-free. Introducing micro-mobility, creating multimodal transportation, and proposing last-mile connections will optimize frictionless transportation systems.


Greater Visibility/ Transparency with GPS: Today, most logistic companies focus on the increased visibility and transparency. Thus, adopting tracking technologies and procuring real-time locations using GPS increases traceability, creating trust between customers.



Artificial Intelligence and AI-enabled vehicles: A far-off sight for India, AI-enabled vehicles are quickly becoming the most loved transportation trend worldwide. The thought of owning self-driving trucks with perfect technology to efficiently perform on roads and between heavy traffic is priceless. With Tesla originating the electric Semi truck that's equipped with autopilot features, AI vehicles and their benefits are not far to achieve.



Blockchain in Logistics: One of the most transformative technology trends in road freight and transportation, the blockchain aims to shape mobility in the future. Ensuring the correctness of execution history records, transparent transactions, and capacity monitoring, blockchain in logistics is one of the most promising trends to last beyond 2021. 

 

It’s time to replicate the win-win situation, adopt new trends, and stay on top of your game. 

With the increase in operating costs for transportation companies, businesses should apply innovative approaches and tactics to advance their productivity and versatility.