Asked “as the logistics industry advances throughout the world, do you think trucks will continue to play a central role,” 80% of respondents said yes. Of those who said no, 30% said the reason for their answer was that trucks are bad for the environment, while the next most common response was that trucks are difficult to drive, and cause a lot of stress for drivers. This hints at the conclusion that if trucks can reflect greater concern for the environment and provide a better working environment for drivers, drivers may become an even more important player within the logistics industry.
Since 1935, with our vision “to make the trucks that the world needs today”, UD Trucks has led the industry in market-leading technologies including the world’s first “urea SCR system” and Japan’s first 10 ton truck, the 6TW. UD Trucks has always been at the forefront of the most important issues facing the transportation industry, providing innovative technology solutions to support the transportation systems that form the foundation of our society.
The results of the latest survey point to several clear ideas about the needs and the future of the trucking industry, and match up nicely with the vision that UD Trucks has expressed around the concept of “smart logistics.” At the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 (October 29 (Thursday) – November 8 (Sunday)), UD Trucks unveiled its new concept, “Going the Extra Mile for Smart Logistics,” to keep up with the ever-evolving world. And as part of UD’s effort to support the success of customer business, they look to: (1) further improvement in fuel efficiency and minimum environmental impact, (2) outstanding drivability and safety, and (3) high uptime and productivity.
<Summary of study>
• Research method: online study
• Research period: September 4 (Friday) – 8 (Tuesday), 2015
• Research subjects, sample size: three groups
1. Truck buyers (people playing a role in company purchases of large, medium and/or small trucks): n=284
2. Truck drivers (people whose job is to drive large, medium and/or small trucks): n=283
3. Ordinary people: male, female, at least 18 years of age n=533
Total sample: 1,100 people
UD Trucks is a total transport solution provider dedicated to delivering optimized total cost of ownership to its customers. It sells and serves light, medium and heavy duty trucks as well as special vehicles. UD Trucks was established in Japan in 1935 and became part of the Volvo Group in 2007. With its headquarters located in Ageo, Japan, UD Trucks supports sales and services in more than 60 countries through a worldwide network.