Is driverless technology the answer to revolutionising the supply chain?

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SHD Logistics recently spoke with our CEO, Mike Danby, to get his views on driverless technology and its impact on the industry.

With the potential to revolutionise logistics, Mike questioned whether technology is developing quickly enough to tackle supply chain challenges and keep pace with innovation in omnichannel retail.

To read Mike’s full article,  please click here. In the meantime, we’ve included a snippet from the feature below:

…Those leading the charge in logistics include Daimler, Volvo and Google, while the first Mercedes semi-automatic truck prototype is expected to be released in 2025 – still seven years from now. It’s also worth noting that the technology isn’t limited to road vehicles, with Rolls-Royce working on adapting the same principles for large ocean carriers.

But is the logistics industry moving fast enough in bringing forward the technology? And are we doing enough to tackle practical and regulatory challenges beyond ensuring the safe operation of the vehicle? 

The reality is, the industry must find solutions to many more obstacles before we see either autonomous lorries or HGV platoons on the road. Yes, we can get a vehicle from A to B, but what happens when it arrives? Each destination site is unique and the supply chain is increasingly complicated for a whole host of reasons. Plus, if we’re not careful and become distracted by an over-focus on this issue, the productivity gains made by the technology of driverless vehicles could be quickly reversed by the logistics challenges the technology would bring along with it…

 

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