Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 30 n° 328

Technology and Automation Will Define the Future of Road Transport in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 novembre 2018

The global snapshot survey is based on interview data from 450 transport companies across Europe, the GCC and Asia, and reveals the following headline findings:
Majority of transport companies in Europe, Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)1 countries (57%) view geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat to their development.
Technology and innovation key to overcoming challenges and securing the future of the industry – over three quarters (76%) of transport companies surveyed expect autonomous trucks to become a viable option on the roads within the next decade.
At the opening of its World Congress in Oman, IRU, the world road transport organisation, urges the industry to fix the digital foundations of transport in order to fully benefit from automation and other innovations.Findings reveal that transport companies are concerned about macro global issues. Over half(57%) see geopolitical uncertainty as the biggest threat facing the sector – from escalating international trade wars to growing concerns around Brexit. The risk of global recession and the challenge of keeping up with changing customer demand are jointly seen as the second biggest threats to transport companies at 52%.
Umberto de Pretto, IRU’s Secretary General, commented: “The global transport system touches the lives of each of the planet’s seven billion people, from the food we eat to the consumer goods we buy. So it’s perhaps not surprising that many of the issues facing society today are also considered by transport companies to be their biggest challenges. These include some of the main themes that dominate the international agenda, including geopolitics, trade and the environment.”

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