06.14
2019

Uber Elevate and Business Innovation

Uber unveiled this week that the third test city to be added to the list of its long-anticipated “flying taxi” service will be on the other side of the globe, in Melbourne, Australia. (The first two being stateside, in Los Angeles and Dallas.) If you haven’t been following the story, the hugely popular ride-sharing company — which revolutionized the way we all think about taxi services — has long been touting its plans to take to the skies, offering users a virtually traffic-free ride experience. (As it stands, Uber is already set to whisk people to and from JFK Airport.)

The designs for the taxi, recently unveiled at the company’s annual Elevate conference, reveal what can only be described as an airplane-helicopter hybrid, with a sleek, futuristic vibe that channels everyone’s favorite space toon: the Jetsons. It’ll be at least four years before we even see this innovative new option take flight, according to Uber, but it’s still exciting to know changes like this are on the horizon.

This type of thinking — never being satisfied with the status quo — is what catapulted Uber from a “nobody” startup to a major tech leader. The company developed a genius way to completely change an industry that was virtually untouched for decades and its popularity sparked like wildfire. Where other companies may be satisfied at the rapid success, the powers that be at Uber know that real success comes from constant innovation, from always looking for ways to push their business in new directions.

In that same line of thought, our software serves as a means to help push already successful businesses forward. With our suite of solutions, we don’t purport to provide expertise in every single industry. Rather, what we do is give businesses in virtually every industry imaginable the means to vastly improve their processes. We give you a way to maximize your efficiency — through use of features such as Wireless Forms, Job Dispatching, Timekeeping, and others — in order to make the most of what you’ve already built on your own.

One of the great benefits from our solutions is their ability to help you shave precious time off each of your tasks. This saved time creates the opportunity for you to take on even more business, which helps to boost your bottom line. But in addition, some of that saved time can be devoted to ideating, crafting new ways to take your business to an entirely new level, much in the same way the folks at Uber continue to do.

We never stop working on ways to improve our software and roll out even more features that exist to help you make more money. We hope that our role in helping you simplify everyday tasks can also play a part in the greater evolution of your business.

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03.29
2018

Self-Driving Vehicles and the Future of Trucking

I feel as though it wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in my parents’ living room as a kid, staring at the fantastical world imagined as the backdrop for The Jetsons. Between robotic servants; self-driving, flying cars; jetpacks; drones; smartwatches; and myriad space-based buildings, among other things, the future looked insanely cool, but also so far-fetched. A thing that couldn’t exist outside the limitlessness of a cartoon fantasy world.

But in the relatively short span of time that has elapsed since then, many of those never-gonna-happen ideas not only exist today, but are readily accessible to anyone, if they’re willing to shell out a little money. (Still waiting on those space cities, though.)

One innovation that strikes a particular chord with us here at Actsoft is the self-driving vehicle. It was just about a year ago that we discussed the future of the driving industry as it pertained to the emergence of this technology. Will human drivers be replaced, forcing so many people out of jobs? And if so, what would all these people — roughly 3.5 million, according to AllTrucking.com — do if they finally found themselves without jobs?

Good news! It looks like the future for truck drivers may not be so grim after all. According to a recent survey conducted by Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the need for truck drivers may actually increase in the wake of automation.

How can that be?

Essentially, the company doesn’t foresee self-driving trucks filling every nook and cranny of the trucking industry. Rather, these vehicles can focus on the long-haul treks, taking the wheel, so to speak, between “transfer hubs” positioned at various outposts along highways. Then, when it comes to navigating the more involved, complicated legs of the trips (read: within city limits or industrial areas), the human element would take the reins to complete the delivery.

You may still be wondering: How does any of this translate to there being not just a viable future in trucking, but a potential for even more jobs in the industry? The way Uber sees it, the proliferation of automated trucks on the road will increase the efficiency of overall freight transportation while also driving down costs. This will, in turn, create an even larger demand, necessitating an upsurge in the number of humans needed to bookend each trip.

Additionally, the localization of trucking jobs may help to keep younger generations interested in pursuing careers in an industry that is frankly difficult to staff long-term, particularly for long-haul routes. That’s because those can mean being on the road — and therefore away from friends and families — for two-thirds of the year. Automation could help solve that problem and keep attracting new recruits.

So given Uber’s predictions — as one of the companies leading the pack in self-driving vehicle development — while the trucking industry should be planning for a major shakeup, it’s not quite time to hit the panic button. But do be prepared to embrace and adapt to the evolution the industry will inevitably undergo.

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