5 Impressive Ways AI is Impacting the Transport Industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been a 2023 hot topic, and whatever side of the fence we sit on, there’s no denying that it’s changing our world. For some time now, AI has impacted our everyday lives without us even realising it. And today, we’re looking at the amazing things it’s done and will continue to do for transport. We chatted to Lithon CEO, Gert Maritz, about five exciting ways AI is transforming transportation.


1. Steering into the Future with Self-Driving Cars

AI is a vital component in self-driving cars, trucks, and other vehicles. These vehicles can navigate roadways and avoid hazards without human input, thanks to AI’s ability to see and react to the environment. In future, more and more self-driven vehicles will take to the roads, helping to make roads safer and improve traffic flow. Imagine reading a book while your AI-powered car takes care of the driving!


2. Outsmarting Traffic Jams

Say hello to fewer traffic jams! Many traffic-related issues, like how to shorten a commute or make traffic congestions disappear, can be solved by AI. Apps like Google Maps use AI to regulate congestion through traffic counts and the number and type of vehicles using a specific road. AI algorithms can also adjust traffic signals and assist with real-time route planning – not only for vehicles, but for pedestrians too. This helps to optimise traffic flow and reduce delays. All of this allows authorities and transport engineers make data-driven decisions on how traffic needs to be regulated.


3. Staying Ahead of Breakdowns with Predictive Maintenance

Many cars already have built-in ‘auto reminders’ for services and maintenance, but AI can be used to keep a more detailed record of a vehicle’s condition and predict when a service, or other maintenance, is needed. Naturally, this makes it easier to prevent breakdowns and reduce downtime, improving the lifespan, efficiency and reliability of transportation systems. 


4. Enhancing Road and Driver Safety

AI can track and analyse driver behaviour to identify potential safety risks like distracted or drowsy driving. This helps to prevent accidents and improves overall safety on the roads.


5. Streamlining Transportation Networks and Infrastructure

AI is already being integrated into the shipping, air, rail and road sectors making them more efficient and cost-effective. It can determine the most economical routes and options for freight transport in all its forms. It can also be used to monitor road, rail, and air conditions – improving efficiency and reducing costs throughout the entire transport ecosystem. The result of these improvements is a friendlier and more interconnected transportation network for both passengers and cargo.

Embracing the AI-Driven Future of Transport

AI is an incredibly valuable tool for solving a variety of issues in the global transport industry. As it continues to play a significant role in our lives, we look forward to seeing how it influences transport in the coming decades. If you’d like to discuss your next transport-related project with a team of experts, Lithon’s transport engineering team is here to help. Email us at info@lithon.com.