Road transportation keeps on growing. Even if there are cleaner alternatives, such as fluvial or railway transportation, the road is still the favorite transport both for people and cargo.
Today we are going to make a retrospective on how the industry used to be, and use it to understand how it could be in the future.
Road transportation, some years ago
For more than 25 years, road transportation has been the preferred transport for moving commodities. It is essential for the companies that wish to move cargo from one end of Europe to the other. In 2007 for example, alternative means of transportation represented barely 12% of all traffic. Fifteen years later, this situation has not changed.
The economic crisis of 2008 was an inflection point for the industry. Monetary hardships combined with a reduction on the coal and steel industries. This turned into the perfect breeding ground for trucks to flourish. Despite governmental efforts to help fluvial and railway transportation, the wheel is still the queen of moving commodities.
Road transportation of the future
A lot of changes are already taking place in the industry. For example, future truckers are from a very different generation to their predecessors. We are already seeing how the profession is getting more female profiles than it used to.
The industry is also very open to technological changes. We can expect future means of transportation to be autonomous and more efficient, and, we hope, less polluting as well.
Working conditions will need to become more flexible and adapt in such a way that they allow for a better understanding between road hours and personal life. It will also need to adapt to the new generation of truck drives, who expect a more comfortable and profitable job.
Finally, we can expect an increase in the skills of the professionals. New, more qualified workers will bring a wider arrange of positions in the industry.
In conclusion, the road transportation of the future will depend mostly on the evolution of the vehicles themselves, and the technology they use. This will be the basis of all changes that both the companies and the workers need.