The Future of HGV Industry
2020 marked the start of a new decade and we thought that given that the world has changed so massively in recent weeks, we’d take a look at what the future has in store for the HGV industry.
There are an estimated 300,000 lorry drivers in the UK but only 7% of those are women. Out of that 7%, 15% are women aged 21-25, which tells us that times are changing and more young women are entering the profession. The industry undoubtedly needs to do more to attract women into the sector to help plug the gaps when it comes to driver numbers, as people move or retire, as well as to address the issues of gender equality for which the industry has long been criticised.
We hope that in 2020 and beyond, we’ll see more women behind the wheel.
So, now we’ve talked about drivers, let’s take that one step further. Let’s talk about self-driving HGV’s – do you think they’ll be on the horizon anytime soon? In theory, it’s already possible to create self-driving HGV’s but in practice, not so much. As well as the fact that smaller autonomous vehicles have already caused several fatalities, there are also questions around accountability. Humans can be held accountable for their actions – machines cannot.
Now we know your jobs are not going to be taken by robots anytime soon, let’s talk about how tech can help tackle the climate emergency.
There’s a real drive to find alternative forms of energy as the climate emergency worsens, particularly when it comes to vehicles. Last year, BMW launched Europe’s first 40-tonne electric truck. Initially used to take parts between BMW factories in Germany, it can run for 62 miles on a fully charged battery and can be fully recharged in 3 hours.
Even more exciting, Highways England have already produced a report about the possibility of ‘charge-as-you-drive’ technology, which would mean that HGV’s and other large vehicles wouldn’t need to stop and charge up. Isn’t that genius!
What do you think the next decade has in store for our industry?
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