CURRENT AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY IN FREIGHT TRANSPORT

Technology utilised in Australia is on a par with that used elsewhere. The major difference occurs in the efficiency with which the technology is used. Factors which must be present before any technical change are 1) demand, 2) capability for change 3) institutional influences must not prevent the new technology 4) social acceptance. Any technology developments in air transport in Australia will follow those of the USA, possibly with the manufacture of a dedicated freight transport aircraft, resulting in cost reductions for freight. Only moderate changes are anticipated in railways - their biggest opportunities being in improvements in operation procedures. Trucking operations will continue to undergo minor changes, with the trend for larger trucks with greater power to weight ratios, and quieter engines. A number of changes in freight technology will involve the development of systems that will facilitate a more efficient use of that technology, including improved scheduling techniques and planned inter-relationships for intermodal movements /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Workshop on the Future of Domestic Freight in Australia, Canberra, 1977.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Transport Economics, Australia

    P.O. Box 367
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2601,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Heacock, R H
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190208
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM