How the Internet of Things is transforming transportation

Published by

Technology has become an essential part of modern life. It influences almost every aspect from work to entertainment.

Additionally, the gadget you’re using to read this text can not only gather your data but use it to make decisions without you needing to interact with it further.

This is why you often see ads that are based on your online searches. All of this is a part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

One of the fields that are greatly influenced by the IoT is the transportation business. From the vehicle tracking to improving driver safety, here are a few ways in which technology can improve your transportation industry.


Driver safety

One of the most important things when it comes to transportation is safety. If drivers can communicate with each other, inform each other of any possible route changes or warn each other about any potential road hazards, the level of safety of everybody in the vehicle becomes much higher.

Moreover, they can gather the data they need by using smart sensors as these can alert drivers of any dangerous situations, like someone driving through a red light nearby. Smart sensors can also help drivers who may be tired or sick get to their destination safely. Research has also shown that incorporating IoT technology into cars could reduce the number of crashes by up to 80%.



Health of vehicles

In the future, thanks to the IoT, most vehicles will be driverless. So, taking care of your car’s health is likely to become much more important. However, thanks to the technology, that’ll also be much easier than it is now, as you’ll be able to get real-time updates about your vehicle’s performance.

Plus, having autonomous cars also reduces the risk of any human mistakes like driving when tired or taking the wrong turn. And if any problems do occur, the mechanic, as well as other nearby cars, would be instantly notified. All of this would keep passengers safe and your vehicle healthy and would help car manufacturers create even better cars.


Faster route to destination


The IoT can help you get anywhere faster, whether you’re trying to get home or to a delivery point. Thanks to constant real-time data on the traffic around you, you’d be able to choose the best route. This could improve efficiency in business as it would save parties at both ends money spent on time and fuel if you take a wrong turn. However, for this to happen, you’d need to have a good solution for vehicle tracking. This way, you'd know exactly where your vehicle is and where it should be.


Better organisation

The IoT helps not only your business but every city that chooses to utilise the technology to the fullest. Being able to track vehicles would keep passengers at ease, as they'd get real-time updates on any possible delays or events affecting their commute. Plus, tracking would also help cities organise their public transport better as they'd know where vehicles are and be alerted of any traffic jams.


Better customer service

Thanks to all of the above, the IoT enables you to provide the best possible customer service too. You’d always be able to inform them where their ordered items are and when they are expected to arrive.

If anything does happen on the road, you’d be able to instantly update your customers, which would again make you look responsible and trustworthy despite delays. All in all, the IoT could help you keep them satisfied, which is bound to be good for business.

The IoT is still developing and gaining popularity and understanding, but it will inevitably be an extremely important part of our future in many industries but especially transportation, delivery and similar business.


« Back to articles