Mobile Trends in... Transport & Logistics

This post is part of our series on the impact of Mobile technologies across various industry sectors. If you’re a player in the Transport & Logistics sector, we would love to grab a cup of tea and discuss how we can help you stay ahead of the curve!

The Transport & Logistics sector is undergoing radical transformation as several technologies are meeting to create a perfect storm for innovation:

  • electric transportation is growing rapidly thanks to companies like Tesla, ushering us into a future with cleaner air and increased investment in clean sources of energy (e.g. solar and wind) 

  • driverless car technologies are maturing and will be a major disruptor when they reach mass adoption - who needs a flight & hotel room when you can sleep in a comfortable driverless ‘car’ and be driven over night from City A to City B? 

  • drone technology has improved to the point where drones could power affordable delivery services, key players such as Amazon are trying to make this a reality

 

But of course we shouldn’t forget another key technology enabler for successful innovation in transport & logistics services: mobile apps! The following apps have redefined how we travel and deliver / receive goods: 

 

What's Next?

 

At Chelsea Apps we never shy away from a wild prediction. Here is a concept we believe could reach mass adoption sooner rather than later: crowd logistics for ‘last-mile’ deliveries, whereby common people could make some money as they walk or cycle around cities by delivering products that fit their journey.

Here is why we think this idea for an app could be the next big thing:

  •  Frequently used travel planning apps like CityMapper know your travel habits: if you’re a regular user then you’re already familiar with the notifications providing useful information just before you start your morning or evening commute. Things like: “the District line has severe delays, find alternative routes" 

  • Uber shows taxis that are closest to you on a map; what if the map showed you nearby parcels waiting for pickup and delivery? 

  • Pokemon Go uses gamification to make millions of people complete outdoor walks and the least we can say is that it’s working! Even people who used to prefer playing video games at home are now literally travelling the world

Looking at these successful and frequently used apps it seems clear that it’s only a matter of time before someone finds a way to make crowd logistics a reality… and a big business!