Shipping AI Enhances Efficiency
One of the main goals of shipping AI software is to link the shipper to the carrier. Artificial intelligence helps ensure that the right carrier links to the right ship.
Let’s say for example that I want to ship something from Los Angeles to San Francisco. And there are also carriers in-between. That process will become very cumbersome if I am not linked to the right carrier. Or it links to carriers that are very expensive and inefficient. This means my goods could get lost on the way. Artificial intelligence ensures in-between that the right carrier links to the right shipper. Also, there are some goods that some carriers don’t ship.
Deciding Which Carriers Ship Which Goods
The artificial intelligence decides what carriers ship which goods. This depends on what I enter into the software. So, those classes of goods as a case is also an optimized process to help humans. And as humans, we can be a little bit very clumsy about keying in inputs. Here’s an example. With their recommendations, you want to ship something from one zip code to another zip code. If you put in the wrong zip code, your shipment will land somewhere else. A feature of our AI is that it keeps track of each time you log in at a specific day and time. From this, it knows that there is a high likelihood that you’re shipping from Florida to Texas. It will recommend the auto-fill that your shipment should go from Florida to Texas.
There are a lot of things artificial intelligence does for the software. We could also look at the auto-weighing and auto-scaling. With this feature, you take a picture of what you want to send. It measures and records the dimensions of the item. It then logs it into the software without you doing the measuring. This is a feature that saves time. It’s more efficient and saves a lot of money for both the shipper and the carrier.
Application of AI in Other Shipping Processes
Like I said before, there’s human error in filling forms in the logistics and freight business. It needs a lot of forms and it’s often very difficult filling out all those forms. The shipping AI in-between, makes this whole process a lot easier. Artificial intelligence also helps in warehousing. Many companies these days are beginning to use robotics in the warehousing process. What happens first is that there’s an order. Then robots get those orders and process them. It reduces and minimizes human interaction. The less human interaction we have in the supply chain, the more efficient the process. This is because there are fewer human mistakes.
There’ is also an advantage in applying artificial intelligence in the supply chain process. As humans, we cannot operate 24 hours of the day. With machine and robotic artificial intelligence, you can have 24-hours of operations. You can lessen fatigue. In contrast, machines will need fixing. But they seem not to get as fatigued as fast as humans get fatigued. So, applying artificial intelligence means more efficiency in the supply chain.
AI in Automated Trucks
Autonomous trucks will take over shipping AI in logistics and shipping. It’s like self-driving cars. A lot of companies invest billions of dollars in developing self-driving car technology. Many of these same companies invest in developing self-driving trucking technology as well. Many companies have a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. Applying artificial intelligence takes care of this problem. That is because the trucks will drive themselves and reduce costs.
Like filling out forms and orders, there’s also the benefit of minimizing human error. Some drivers have the problem of fatigue on the steering wheel. Driving very long distances can get humans fatigued. Autonomous trucking can reduce accidents and many of those problems.
Many companies are working on this. Dembla, BMW, even Tesla is also working on developing this technology. I also read an article recently about a company that is working on shipping AI freights, cargo on the sea, ocean. The process at sea is actually going to be easier, because on the ocean there are no humans. You don’t have to build a computer vision technology to avoid pedestrians. This is something you would need to incorporate in a self-driving truck. A self-driving truck will have to obey traffic lights. And it must understand whether someone is a pedestrian. This is besides knowing your original destination.
AI Brings Us Closer to the Future
AI is going to be the future. The technology will reduce costs. From that, you can have a lot of these autonomous vehicles running at the same time. There would be no shortage of drivers like I said earlier. I know a lot of people will not be happy with the notion of not having drivers. It will take the jobs away from the drivers. Well, that’s where the future is going.
We will have to embrace the future because it will reduce costs in the long run. It will make the process more efficient. And some of these vehicles can also do auto-routing. Vehicles that have that program will be able to optimize a routing process. Shipping AI software in some of these trucks already helps drivers optimize routing. But the design of the automated vehicles can incorporate the re-routing feature.