A quarter of trucks on US and British roads carry no cargo, wasting billions of dollars in fuel. By harnessing the power of the Internet, truck fleets could become far more efficient.
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In Britain, a quarter of trucks on the roads carry no cargo and more than half transport only partial loads, according to the European Environment Agency. In the United States, 28 percent of truck trailers are running empty, according to the National Private Truck Council in Arlington, Va. If the rest of the world’s trucking fleet operates equally inefficiently, then there’s a lot of opportunity to create a much cleaner, more efficient trucking industry.
The benefits could be huge. Overall, the transport sector accounts for 60 percent of the world’s oil consumption and a quarter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).