Driving Efficiency: How Autonomous Vehicles are Changing the Logistics Landscape

Martijn Graat
Martijn Graat

Does Logistics Matter? Answering YES to that question in this episode is Gabe Sganga, Head of Commercial Growth at Forterra. Gabe and I spoke about the current logistics landscape and how autonomous vehicles could increase the efficiency of logistics operations.

Technology Enabling Logistics

Logistics operations are supported by technological improvements that have increased their efficiency, but we are nowhere near the end of the line regarding further improvements. Relatively cheap sensors can track shipments and increase visibility, for example. Whether you are active in a B2B or B2C market, customer expectations are getting higher, increasing pressure on logistics.

Efficiency, Sustainability, Safety, and Autonomy

According to Gabe, autonomous vehicles can greatly improve logistics. Here are some examples:

  • Efficiency: they can drive closer together and park trailers closer together than humans can
  • Sustainability: renewable energy can be used to charge autonomous vehicles, and their increased efficiency limits their carbon footprint
  • Safety: taking humans out of operations with heavy equipment and large moving parts increases the safety of operations and limits accidents.

Gabe also discusses his logistics experience in the Marine Corps and what commercial logistics operations can learn from the military.

For more on how autonomous vehicles are changing the logistics landscape and what commercial logistics operations can learn from the military, listen to the podcast via the player below or wherever you get your podcasts.

This podcast episode is powered by Forterra.

Header image credits: Forterra

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