Truck­ing start-up tests tech

South Waikato News - - Motoring - ROB STOCK

Roughly 40 per cent of the trucks you see hur­ry­ing along the high­way are car­ry­ing the same com­mod­ity: Yacht fuel.

That’s what truck-own­ers like Shane Grant of Shan­don Trans­port call fresh air.

The truck­ing in­dus­try has a se­ri­ous over-ca­pac­ity is­sue.

At any point in time many of the trucks on our roads are run­ning empty, head­ing to a pick up, or re­turn­ing from a drop-off, trans­port­ing noth­ing but yacht fuel from A to B.

But a global tech start-up hopes to change that, and has cho­sen New Zealand to test its sys­tem.

TNX has cre­ated an on­line match­mak­ing plat­form al­low­ing peo­ple and com­pa­nies with cargo they want moved to seek a ‘‘spot’’ price from truck­ing com­pa­nies with spare ca­pac­ity.

‘‘We wanted a place where we could fo­cus on test­ing a prod­uct be­fore we go to com­pete hard in big­ger mar­kets,’’ said TNX’S head of adop­tion Jonah Mcin­tire.

New Zealand was a good place for TNX to head­quar­ter and do its tri­als as un­der­ca­pac­ity in the truck­ing in­dus­try is a mir­ror of larger mar­kets, he said.

That in­cluded the pro­por­tion of cargo ca­pac­ity filled with yacht fuel. ‘‘In New Zealand about 40 per cent of the time, it is fresh air. Glob­ally that’s sim­i­lar. It’s not like New Zealand is par­tic­u­larly bad,’’ Mcin­tire said. It’s some­thing of a se­cret from the New Zealand pub­lic.

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