Trucking Mechanics and Infrastructure
All industries have had to adapt to technological and infrastructural evolution through the past century, but the trucking industry may have had to evolve more than any. Prior to the invention of the steam engine, freight was primarily hauled on horse-drawn carriages. Then, beginning around 1890 with the construction of a solid and complex railway system in the US, freight was moved most frequently via rail. The first commercial trucks hit the road during the 1930’s but the 1960’s and 1970’s were the real boom in commercial trucking as large networks of roads were constructed and the US highway system was completed. Today, both domestically and abroad, trucks of all kinds are omnipresent and the main transportation modal used for getting freight from one place to another.
The Environmental Prospective
From an environmental perspective, the automobile industry has made countless engineering advancements to minimize its environmental impact. The Clean Air Act, first introduced in 1955, has seen some major amendments over the past 60 years and has significantly impacted the transportation industry with the addition of multiple restrictions inhibiting the growth of the commercial truck driving industry. In 2011, state and federal laws began requiring all trucks and trucking companies to have their entire fleet converted to be clean air compliant by 2015.
Two-way radio posts, popular in the 1970’s, were replaced by hand-held two-way radios, which are now being replaced by smart phones. The carbon copy, considered once as a huge advancement , are today completely replaced by digitized proof of deliveries. Customers can sign for shipments directly onto a computer screen that instantly transfers the information to a server, providing real-time information and eliminating much of the need for any paper exchange.
Additionally, GPS technology has impacted the trucking industry in ways both known and unknown to most consumers. Most people rely on GPS either on their smart phone or in their car to get them to an unknown destination but did you know that trucking companies can track the location of their entire fleet using GPS technology as well? To find out more about the use of GPS technology in the transportation industry please check out our previous post found here: (link will come soon)
The Future of the Trucking Industry
Where is technology in the trucking industry headed next? Have you heard of self-driving trucks? The idea of driver-less vehicles is not new and experts are predicting that machine operated cars will be on the road in ten years or less. Mercedeez-Benz exhibits a realistic prototype that you can see in this video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bFc0rBoFY8
As a family owned company, First Call Trucking & Courier has borne witness to the new technologies and innovations in the trucking industry over the last century. John DeFazio Sr delivered meats to Boston’s North End using horse and carriage. His son, John Jr, forged a business built upon local, same-day trucking in Greater Boston and beyond. And now John’s daughter, Nancy, brings fresh new ideas and a more personable approach to the business that her grandfather and father helped to introduce to her.