THE FUTURE OF FREIGHT AND TRANSPORTATION
• Transportation is bringing cutting edge technology to our roads, seas, and skies.
• The way and speed at which we transport goods continues to evolve.
• Along with these tech innovations come ethical questions and concerns over autonomous
systems replacing human workers
• After all, what will happen to cargo workers when autonomous cargo ships eliminate the
need for crew members to be on board during transit
• Driverless cars and trucks will impact truck drivers, with one study estimating that as many
as 294,000 driving positions could be eliminated over the next 25 years.
DESPITE THESE CONCERNS, THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY IS INEVITABLE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME
CHANGES COMING TO THE FUTURE OF FREIGHT AND CARGO TRANSPORTATION
1 High-speed trains that operate using magnetic levitation from
powerful electromagnets are already operating in Asia,
2 and the first maglev train in the U.S. could be operating for
public use as early as this year.
3 In addition to being safer and timelier than traditional trains, they
also encounter less delays due to weather and mechanics.
4 While the future of maglev for public use is almost a certainty,
it’s impact on freight is less clear.
5 Logistically and economically, it’s a nightmare for cities to
completely rebuild their railway system
6 , so many have opted instead to update their current lines rather
than adapt for maglev.
1. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently
issued guidelines and certifications for Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) that include commercial
operators of drone up to 55 lbs.
2. They also recently approved UPS drone delivery for
prescription medications, which signals that the FAA
is finally warming up to the idea of full-scale
commercial drone deliveries.
3. Drone technology is already proven to work
effectively, but it does pose privacy and safety risks.
4. Long-term reliability will need to be proven before
the FAA makes these flying robots “type certified” for
5. If and when they do become “type certified”, the
technology should reduce road congestion and traffic
fatalities by taking delivery drivers off the road.
DRIVERLESS CARS AND TRUCKS
1. Autonomous vehicles also promise to make our roads
safer using artificial intelligence, telematics and robotic
2. This technology is advancing rapidly, and is just a few
regulatory steps away from becoming mainstream.
3. Tesla, Audi, Uber, and Volkswagen’s driverless
technologies are already making headlines (both good and
bad) on the road.
4. Driverless trucks are a controversial topic in the freight
industry today. The US trucking industry accounts for more
than 5% of a full time jobs in the U.S. Walmart alone
employs more than 8,600 truck drivers.
5. Because autonomous trucks could replace human drivers
with robotic technology, these driverless delivery trucks will
likely eliminate thousands of U.S. jobs.
6. However, many experts don’t think autonomous trucks
will be in widespread use due to concerns over insurance
1. Elon Musk’s The Boring Company hopes to
reduce traffic congestion using a series of
underground tunnels in cities across the U.S. and
2. The technology wants to make roads 3D and
weather-proof by lowering cars underground on a
metal trolley-like platform and sending them at
high speeds to other destinations.
3. While the company believes it can do this cost-
effectively, there are some big questions
concerning infrastructure and logistics that need
to be resolved.
4.If these tunnels, currently being prototyped in
L.A., do become a reality, it could mean more
efficient logistics and deliveries in high density
and congested areas.
1. Another transportation concept from visionary
Elon Musk is the Hyperloop.
2. This transportation tube could run freight
through a depressurized tube at speeds of 600
mph or more
3. Some freight industry experts believe it could be
faster and cheaper than air transport, which is
why DP World Cargo speed is investing big in the
technology and hopes to have it in operation in
1. Cars, trucks, and trains aren’t the only thing
getting smarter: so are our roadways.
2. Smart roads hope to improve the safety of road
travel by using highways studded with sensors to
alert drivers of a crash nearby.
3. It would also communicate weather occurrences
and delays in real time.
4. Smart roads could improve the safety of drivers
and cargo, as more than 70% of all goods are
transported via truck in the U.S.
5. They could also help optimize transportation
routes as roads relay information to vehicles
about congestion, delays and accidents. This will
help speed up deliveries and cut transportation
1. Did you know that between 75% and 96% of maritime
accidents are caused by human error
2. Autonomous ships hope to reduce those accidents while
increasing efficiency and delivery speed in our
waterways. It will also reduce eliminate crew-related
3. As with driverless car, truck, and drone delivery
technology, human jobs in these fields are threatened
with the introduction of this autonomous technology.
4. Before autonomous ships become a mainstream reality,
international laws will need to be reevaluated to ensure
safety and update regulations to accommodate
5. The current lack of research will likely delay the
widespread adoption of autonomous ships, so driverless
cars will likely be the first mode of transportation to go
6. These technologies promise to improve safety on land, in
the air and on water, while providing more efficient and
eco-friendly alternatives to traditional transportation.
INCREASED USE OF DATA ANALYTICS
1. The use of data analytics will enable shippers
to optimize their supply chains, reduce costs,
and improve efficiency
2. This could involve using sensors to monitor
cargo and track shipments in real-time, as well
as using predictive analytics to anticipate
potential disruptions and adjust routes
SHIFT TOWARDS INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION
1. Intermodal transportation involves the use of
multiple modes of transportation, such as
trains, trucks, and ships, to transport goods.
2. This approach can be more cost-effective and
environmentally friendly than traditional point-
• There is a growing focus on reducing the carbon
footprint of the logistics industry. This could
involve using renewable energy sources, such as
solar and wind power, to power transportation
infrastructure, as well as implementing more
sustainable packaging and shipping methods.
THE FUTURE OF FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION IS
CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT FOR SEVERAL REASONS
• Freight transportation is a key driver of
• It ensures the timely and efficient
movement of goods and raw materials
between manufacturers, suppliers, and
• The future of freight transportation is
critical to support economic development
• The future of freight transportation needs to be
• The transportation of goods is a significant
contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and
• The development of clean and efficient
transportation technologies, such as electric
vehicles and alternative fuels, is essential to
reducing the environmental impact of freight
• The future of freight transportation
will play a critical role in facilitating
• As the world becomes more
interconnected, the demand for
efficient and reliable freight
transportation will continue to grow.
SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE
• The future of freight
transportation needs to be
resilient to disruptions.
• Natural disasters, pandemics,
and other events can cause
disruptions to global supply
• The development of flexible and
networks is essential to ensuring
that goods can be delivered in a
timely and efficient manner.
• The future of freight transportation
presents an opportunity for
• New technologies, such as
automation, artificial intelligence,
and blockchain, have the potential to
transform the way goods are
transported, tracked, and delivered.
• The development of these
technologies will require
collaboration between industry,
academia, and government.
POTENTIAL CHANGES THAT COULD TAKE PLACE AFTER
IMPLEMENTING FUTURE FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION
• Future freight transportation could be
designed to be more efficient, with
advanced technologies such as
autonomous vehicles, electric or
hydrogen-powered trucks, and
streamlined supply chains.
• This could result in faster delivery times,
reduced fuel consumption, and lower
costs for businesses.
REDUCED ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
• With the shift towards cleaner
energy sources, future freight
transportation could have a
significantly reduced environmental
• Electric or hydrogen-powered
trucks produce zero emissions,
which could help reduce air
pollution and carbon emissions.
• Additionally, optimized supply
chains could lead to less waste and
improved recycling practices.
• Autonomous vehicles and other
advanced technologies could
improve safety on the roads by
reducing the risk of accidents
caused by human error.
• This could lead to fewer injuries
and fatalities, as well as reduced
insurance costs for businesses.
SHIFTS IN JOB MARKET
• The implementation of advanced
technologies in freight transportation
could also lead to shifts in the job
• For example, some traditional truck
driving jobs could be replaced by
autonomous vehicles or other forms
• However, new jobs could also be
created in areas such as data
analysis, supply chain optimization,
and technology maintenance.
IMPROVED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
• Future freight transportation
could also lead to improved
• With faster delivery times and
more accurate tracking
information, businesses could
better meet customer
demands and provide more
In this presentation I have tried my best level of knowledge to explain the
concept of future freight transportation.
Overall, the implementation of future freight transportation has the
potential to bring about significant changes in the transportation
industry and beyond..
Overall, the importance of future freight transportation cannot be
overstated. It is essential for
1 economic growth
3 global trade
4 supply chain resilience