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How is AI Helping and Hurting the Logistics Industry?

May 13, 2019


There’s no denying it — like it or not, Artificial Intelligence is taking over many industries. Yes, this includes the logistics industry as well. It might sound like something out of a science fiction story. Still, the truth is that AI is here. Furthermore, it’s impacting trucking and logistics in all kinds of ways, even ways you might be surprised to learn about. So, are these impacts good or bad for logistics? Here, we break down some of the best and worst aspects of AI relating to logistics and trucking.


AI in Logistics Industry


At first, it may seem hard to believe that AI has infiltrated the logistics industry. After all, the term “AI” is so often associated with books and movies. However, once you really begin to understand what exactly real-world AI looks like, it all begins to make sense. Furthermore, you are more than likely using AI on a daily basis without even realizing it!


AI for truckers: The good and the bad


Movies would have us believe that AI is a bad thing. While there may be some downsides to AI, much of it can be very useful for life on the road.


For instance, one of the most common uses of AI in daily life, for truckers and anyone who drives a vehicle, is GPS technology. You have to admit it’s so much easier plugging in your destination into your phone instead of having to figure out your route looking at maps. Furthermore, AI is already being implemented for self-managing inventory systems and automated forklifts as well. This can save valuable time and get deliveries to their destination that much quicker.


So, what’s the downside? Some people are concerned this will make human jobs obsolete. However, it’s important to remember that while AI is good at completing set, programmed tasks, humans are better at figuring out more complicated solutions. The human element will always be present and necessary.


What’s your take on AI in logistics? Let us know in the comments below!

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