Your freight news in cartoons from the first two weeks of January and a few highlights from 2018.
Will 2019 be the year the distributed ledger technology gains real traction or will it fall into the infamous Gartner Trough of Disillusionment?
Who’s in the driver seat?
Udelv is kicking off autonomous pilots delivering car parts in Houston and groceries for Walmart in Arizona. Daimler is promising Level 4 autonomous trucks will be on the roads in the next ten years, and an optimistic McKinsey report from late last year sees fully-autonomous trucks cutting Total-Cost-of-Ownership by 45%, while noting that “it will take many years for the autonomous fleet to displace the non-autonomous national fleet.”
Meanwhile, a recent Deloitte study shows that public trust is falling in autonomous vehicles. Too bad, in many ways, it’s starting to feel like technology is already in the driving seat.
Big Tech and Big Money
Amazon continues to have ‘effects’ on consumer expectations by delivering goods for “free,” while Venture Capital continues to flood into digital brokerages like Convoy and other tech startups.
Will Amazon continue to make waves and set expectations in 2019? Will billion-dollar valuations prove to be frothy?
One thing is for certain: we’re in for an interesting year ahead.
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Steele Roddick is a Content Specialist at Microdea where he creates content that helps transportation companies drive their business forward. He’s endlessly fascinated by technology trends, chess, and discovering new places to travel with his wife.