This Week: Transportation Innovation

Frequent advances in technology create opportunity and challenge for those in the transportation industry

James Rowe | UPS Longitudes

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new innovations are opening up challenges throughout the automotive supply chain

Through 1900, humans doubled their collective knowledge once every hundred years.

By the end of World War II, knowledge doubled every 25 years.

Today, it’s every 12 months.

Acclaimed futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller called it the “Knowledge Doubling Curve” in his 1981 book, Critical Path.

Darryl Barber, UPS enterprise marketing manager, describes how the doubling effect is impacting the automotive industry in his blog, A More Electrified Auto Supply Chain (posting 11/17).

Barber explains how new innovations are opening up challenges throughout the automotive supply chain – pushing the stakes even higher. To illustrate, Barber points to a series of recent recalls observing, “Just one failure can have dire consequences.”

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equally, innovation is unlocking opportunities we haven’t seen before

Equally, innovation is unlocking opportunities we haven’t seen before. Take ORION for example. It’s an advanced algorithm that maps out the most efficient routes for UPS drivers.

Jack Levis, UPS senior director of process management said that by the end of 2016, ORION will save “10 million gallons of fuel a year – the equivalent of 100,000 metric tons in carbon emissions.”

In his TED@UPS talk posted today, Turning Skeptics Into Believers, Levis describes how bringing ORION to life wasn’t particularly easy, but the outcome has become a game changer for UPS.

It’s all that and more, this week on Longitudes.

James Rowe is Creative Director of UPS Longitudes.

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