Many businesses rely on vehicles to conduct their business if it is only to arrive at meetings on time. More extensively businesses use commercial vehicles in transporting goods from A to B. This article will consider some of the developments in the automotive industry that have aided businesses and allowed them to conduct business more effectively.
Estate Cars and Vans
Estate cars with their long backs allow for goods to be easily loaded and transported. They were developed from the early shooting-brakes, although with more practicality in mind. A shooting-brake dates to the 1890s and was a horse-drawn wagon that would transport shooting parties along with their equipment and game. Between the first and second world wars, estate cars were so called because they were most often heading towards a wealthy country estate, where its owners would relax upon arrival. In business, it allows the self-employed to have one vehicle that can be used for business and transporting their family about. It is cost-effective for a sole trader to have this dual option.
Vans allow for the transportation of larger goods. For instance, market traders or antique dealers will use them. It is something that can be driven without needing an HGV license, like driving a lorry transporting heavy goods would require. Vans can be bought or leased, and looking for a van insurance quote online must be done to ensure that you have the relevant protection whilst driving this type of vehicle on the roads. “White van man” became a stereotypical phrase used where a smaller commercial vehicle was being driven. It may be for this reason that many more vans produced today seem to be silver in color.
For a vehicle between the size of an estate car and a large van, there is always the minivan. Models to consider might be Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Transit Connect, Honda Odyssey, Mercedes-Benz Metris (or Sprinter), or perhaps the Toyota Sienna.
Hybrids and Electric Cars
The advantages of hybrids to a business relate to cost. They have lower fuel consumption rates and attract lower road tax. The use of hybrid and electric cars can also improve the image and reputation of a business because of their known benefits to the environment.
Satellite navigation systems aid sales reps, businesspeople attending meetings, and delivery drivers to arrive at the correct destination quicker and without wasting fuel, by not taking a wrong turn. This can all save a business money. No longer do secretaries have to supply meeting attendees with detailed maps of a location, just a postcode.
Interestingly, as early as 1960 there was a system in use that was satellite-based and dubbed “TRANIST”. Systems involving multiple satellites were in general military use by the 1980s. However, it was not until 2000 that these precision GPS navigation systems were in the public domain. From 3 April 1973, mobile phones have been an option if you found yourself lost. It was then that Motorola mass-produced the first handheld mobile phone, which was to become a popular, if not large brick-sized accessory, in the entrepreneurial 80s. These early phones are quite often referred to as OG mobile phones. That is, Zero Generation mobile phones. Today, we have 3G and 4G technology and apps to aid our navigation as well as those we can contact. Handheld phones installed inside vehicles make driving safer and legal.
For businesses, satellite navigation has meant that employees can easily find their way between branches, even to head office, and small traders can make multiple deliveries with ease. Couriers and delivery drivers out of area benefit from the devices, too.
3 wonderful ways in which the automotive industry has helped businesses. That is, in providing vehicles to transport their goods, cars that are cost-effective when it comes to fuel consumption, and in guiding businesses in the right direction. We look forward to the future and driverless delivery vehicles that can compete with the kinds of delivery drones already promised.