According to a report by the transport research wing of India’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as of March 2016, the country had a road network of over 5,603,293 kilometers (3,481,725 miles). At 1.70 km of roads per square kilometer of land, the quantitative density of the network, as measured in 2016, was higher than that of Japan (0.91) and the United States (0.67), and far higher than that of China (0.46), Brazil (0.18) or Russia (0.08).
Roads are the dominant mode of transportation in India. According to the World Bank, they carry almost 90 percent of the country’s passenger traffic and 65 percent of its freight. For logistics, this means road line haul is of key importance, and with such a vast road network, intelligent solutions are critical in ensuring the timely and reliable transport of good. This is especially the case when it comes to perishable items or those needing to be transported in a temperature-controlled environment, such as medication and vaccines.
Technology-enabled logistics is now poised to transform road transport in India, with DHL’s SmarTrucking program, an integrated trucking system employing Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities and data-driven route optimization.
The integrated service makes possible data-drive route optimization across India’s extensive line haul express road network. Compared to traditional trucking routing methods, it is estimated to reduce transit times by up to 50 percent while providing over 95 percent reliability.