The trucking industry, like all other industries, changes from year to year -- and even undergoes some pretty big changes throughout the year. And 2019 is no different. With innovative technology and an increased demand, commercial drivers and companies are seeing some big changes. So let's take a look at a few trucking trends we're seeing this year.
Electric and autonomous trucks: Electric and autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more popular. But it's not just cars -- there are, in fact, developments in electric and autonomous trucks. While the integration of these trucks remains slow, due to safety concerns and perfecting the machine parts, developments are well underway. Of course, drivers are still needed as of right now and the foreseeable future.
Use of technology: Even non-electric or autonomous trucks are equipped with new technology. In 2019, truck companies saw an increase in the use of technology -- from using artificial intelligence to help determine load weights and positions to voice technology for retrieving information easily, truck companies have benefited greatly from incorporating the use of technology into daily activities.
Shortage of drivers: While the industry is continuing to grow, fleets are reporting a shortage of drivers. Whether it's because the demand is growing too rapidly or because of unfavorable work hours, a driver shortage is prominent in many areas. Fortunately, with driver conditions, like pay, becoming more and more favorable, companies hope to be able to bring on new drivers to round out their fleets.
As you can see, there is a lot going on in the trucking industry this year. And with the U.S. automotive aftermarket being a $287 billion industry in 2017, many vehicle-related industries have seen immense growth throughout the years. And while it's not without its problems, the trucking industry continues to grow and flourish as the demand for shipped goods increases.
If you're a commercial driver or work for a trucking company, you may be in the need for semi truck parts, like headlights, steering wheels, and other accessories. So if you're looking for reliable truck parts, contact Big Machine Parts for more information about what we have in stock for your truck.