Fast Company has been a reputable and trustworthy source on technology, business, and design since 1995, and for the past five years, they have recognized companies and organizations addressing the world’s most challenging problems through their World Changing Ideas Awards. On May 4, 2021, SemiCab’s Collaborative Transportation Platform received honorable mention in the Transportation category for 2021 for tackling empty miles and creating long-term sustainability in the trucking industry. All of us at SemiCab are thrilled to be recognized, but more importantly, we’re greatly impressed by what our peers around the globe have been working on.
All of the companies selected use a variety of tools—technology, design, science, finance, education, and philanthropy—to explore solutions to problems we face. Whether an organization is attempting to solve our worldwide crisis of poverty and hunger or are seeking ways to reverse the impact of climate change, they’re all putting their greatest minds to the challenge of seeking improvements for us all. And though the news isn’t always good, breakthroughs are happening all the time. And that’s something we can’t lose sight of it, for it is those wins that inspire us to keep pushing through.
It’s because of innovators like the ones recognized by Fast Company that we’ve seen the prices for solar energy and batteries drop 89% in the last decade and that we landed a rover on Mars. Fast Company honors the companies and organizations that most truly exemplify humanity’s dedication to solving problems. So, what are some of the most exciting innovations to get recognition this year?
● Technology that converts carbon emissions into jet fuel (and even vodka!)
● An app that allows healthcare workers to weigh babies through photography
● A system that recycles used clothes into new garments
In the transportation sector, the winner was a hybrid freight train that uses 18,000 batteries to cut down its carbon footprint. An impressive feat! Though the train looks ordinary on the outside, it has the energy-equivalent of 24 Tesla batteries inside it, with technology that charges these battery cells during braking. In the past, slowing down a train would create a huge amount of energy that would be expelled as heat—wasted. This new technology puts it to use to help reduce the train’s emissions.
This is only one example of how organizations in the transportation industry are doing their part to try and eliminate waste in the industry. As a Collaborative Transportation Platform, SemiCab was recognized because of our efforts to create new freight capacity without adding carbon emissions. Our focus is on connecting shippers and carriers to strategically drive efficiencies out of the industry through the reduction of empty miles. The SemiCab platform features pre-built integrations with TMS and ELD solutions to deliver full visibility into supply and demand. From there, it utilizes AI/ML predictions and proprietary metaheuristic-based optimization models to build fully loaded round trips.
Curious about what SemiCab can do for you? Whether you’re a shipper or a carrier, we’ve got the tools you need to reduce your carbon footprint, eliminate empty miles, find reliable capacity at stable prices, and create a predictable revenue stream. Reach out to us with any questions, and let’s see how we can continue to change the world for the better, one truck at a time.