Using a mobile app to book cabs was the innovation that popped up last decade. In the current one, we have the same concept implied for freight movement. Yes, Uber Freight is already a reality. This can be cost-efficient for freight forwarders as they don’t have to maintain a fleet of trucks for themselves. With this, freight forwarding as a business can grow multi-fold.
Virgin Hyperloop One system can be used to transport freight and people on-demand, direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the hyperloop vehicle, which accelerates gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation, traveling at high speed. In the context of the shipping and terminal industry, we could see a future where dedicated freight hyperloop pods are used to distribute containers via a tunnel network. Looking further into the future, this technology could significantly reduce the need for cargo feeders, barges, rail networks, and even container ships. Virgin One Hyperloop together with DP World, one of the largest global terminal operators and a major Kalmar customer, has already introduced DP World Cargospeed – an international brand for hyperloop-enabled cargo systems that aims to deliver freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking.
Hence the overall process that consumes humongous time comes down completely. In these solutions, all approvals and processes come under a single frame and are done in a few minutes. Therefore, there is no question of delay. If all CFS owners manage to offer a technological solution that solves the problem that exists in the current factory to port delivery model, they will have a great value addition for shippers and consignees.