Posted by: Deirdre O'Brien, August 31st, 2015
The expo component was a great forum for Webtech Wireless to meet new prospects and potential partners. Growth and development was at the pulse of every conversation.
A wide range of topics were also covered within several tracks of educational sessions.
Today we’re seeing general acceptance of telematics for enhanced operational efficiency. The next 5-10 years should present us with some really creative and game-changing solutions that will enable us to do even more, with even more efficiency and with lower cost of ownership.
We’re going to see more in the way of regeneration – storing braking energy and utilizing it to enhance vehicle acceleration. These systems will likely pay for themselves through fuel and brake savings and they’ll significantly benefit the environment by decreasing harmful emissions.
That’s not all, we’ll see:
- Real-world usage of autonomous trucks and the convergence of safety and efficiency
- More predictive analytics for increased optimization
- Double-digit fuel economy
- More information exchange between different vehicle components
- More intelligent routing and dispatching (ie. The technician with the best track record for up-selling furnaces will be the one dispatched to the H-VAC call
- We should see more agnostic, on-board vehicle computing systems in the U.S.
- More drivers will have mobile office set-ups for increased efficiency
The conference also featured two forward-thinking keynote presentations, by Ian Wright, Founder of Wrightspeed, Co-Founder of Tesla Motorsand Sheryl Connelley, Futurist, Ford Motor Company.
Mr. Wright introduced the very viable option of using vehicles such as garbage trucks equipped with turbines and range extenders for incredibly efficient fuel economy and the perfect blend of battery and fuel synergy well-suited for large vehicles with frequent start and stop requirements.
Ms. Connelly captured our attention with a fascinating look at how a large auto manufacturer considers the science of how trends and fads affect change, and how these changes, coupled with evolving demographics can try to predict the requirements of future consumers.
Change is not only on the horizon, it’s occurring as you read this post. The Fuel Technology Expo only highlighted a few of the changes we can expect, however, the changes addressed at the Expo are exciting , innovative and extremely beneficial to drivers, organizations and the environment, and they are just around the corner.
Webtech Wireless was fortunate to exhibit at this year’s Fuel Technology Expo (formerly Green Fleet Conference and Expo).