The Internet of Things Expanded
When it comes to improving safety and changing the way vehicle logistics are managed, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) (technology to connect the vehicle to other vehicles, the cloud and anything else) could work together to go far beyond ELDs. These networks of technology could improve safety in numerous ways, monitor drivers’ health, assist with lane changes and more as information is passed between a vehicle and an entity on the road — a traffic light, crosswalk or other signs.
More specific forms of this technology include connecting Vehicle-to-Cloud (V2C), Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). These technologies could improve safety on the road as well as driving efficiency.
V2C technology is increasing security by allowing drivers and companies to enable security authentication in apps and tracking devices. This feature can also help determine the most efficient route based on traffic patterns and real-time traffic monitoring.
V2P technology has become part of the movement to prioritize safety in the carrier industry. The truck drivers, as well as pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists can receive alerts of an impending collision, which can then possibly be prevented.
Some fleets are slowly beginning to adopt electrical and hybrid vehicles. If this continues, then V2G technology will be essential. This system of restoring energy to a grid as vehicles charge allows the untapped energy to be used as a source for other outlets.
These advances in technology have arrived at a crucial time for the trucking industry. Evolving with these changes and becoming more efficient than ever is necessary. IoT and the accessibility to technology is increasing efficiency in fuel and communication. With all tracking, recording and planning in one virtual location, workers can focus on delivering their products successfully. Keeping all leaders, employees and customers safe, satisfied and informed is what the fleets are working toward — and V2X is making those connections.
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