Sustainability and the Future of Automotive Transportation
It is recognizable that transportation is an unavoidable aspect of our functioning world. Tens of millions of packages are shipped globally per day, and it has been estimated that the average American drives a little less than 13,500 miles per year. Transportation has many benefits, but also colossal effects on our environment. Data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conveys transportation to be the leading industry of greenhouse gas emissions. These very gasses warm up our atmosphere and cause the myriad of problems associated with global warming.
It is our job to reverse this extensive damage, and we can certainly do so. Our studies show that if 2% of the world’s drivers reduce their fuel consumption by just 5%, we can save 1.26 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere per year. Although there are many ways you can personally save fuel while driving, below are three advancing technologies that may define the future of sustainable automotive transportation.
Automated Manual Transmission
Although most commercial vehicles transmission is automated, data shows that only around 50% of freight carriers are in North American. The North American Council of Freight Efficiency (NACFE) states that freight fleets could improve their fuel economy by 1-3% if trucks operated with an automated manual transportation system. In the future, sustainable driving and greater fuel savings will result when more companies adopt this technology for their fleets.
Self-driving cars may seem like fantasy; however, they and affiliated technologies have been rigorously tested for years. Connected vehicles are one such technology that links vehicles via internal software, allowing them to communicate with one another on the road. This communication can notify a driver if a car ahead will switch lanes or if one is about to run a red light. Beyond safety benefits, this technology also fosters greater sustainability for a number of reasons. It encourages fuel-saving habits such as steady driving, can reduce traffic (sitting in traffic takes a significant toll on your fuel economy), and can optimize routes to improve engine efficiency. If this technology is implemented in most vehicles in the future, we should expect noteworthy drops in carbon emissions in the transportation sector.
IoT and Digital Monitoring in Public Transportation
Although utilized less during the pandemic, public transportation is essential in our everyday lives. According to the American Public Transportation Association (ATPT), Americans took 9.9 billion public transportation trips in 2019. It is only right we improve public transportation sustainability, and neoteric technology is making leeway. As written in a Forbes article, sensing devices and IoT technology are becoming more inexpensive, and their implementation in transit vehicles can significantly help our environment. In Sweden, wireless sensors have been implemented in public busses to detect and observe carbon emissions, data that can be used for future decision-making. Similar technology is globally becoming a reality and will be part of a sustainable future in the transportation sector.
The United States emits the second most carbon dioxide out of all countries; however, this does not mean we can not facilitate change. Our mission at AeroHance is to inspire our followers to take climate change seriously and save the world from its biggest threat. Our product, GasPods, is achieving this initiative by improving gas mileage in commercial vehicles and freight trucks by great numbers, and the data shows it. Check out the data below to see how much others have saved!