Hamburg tests autonomous trucks

HHLA and MAN are testing automated and autonomously driving trucks at Hamburg's CTA terminal Photo: HHLA / Thies Rätzke HHLA and MAN are testing automated and autonomously driving trucks at Hamburg's CTA terminal Photo: HHLA / Thies Rätzke

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) will be testing automated and autonomous trucks to help increase efficiency, decrease fuel consumption and enhance general traffic flow.

This forward-looking project partnership between HHLA and MAN Truck & Bus called Hamburg TruckPilot will see trials take place The HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) and a 70-kilometre stretch of the A7 motorway which will serve as the field-testing environment.

“Together with HHLA, we will generate important insights for the further development of the technology into a system that is ready for the customer,” said Dr Frederik Zohm, Member of the Board of Management for Research and Development at MAN Truck & Bus.

Testing project

The goal of the partnership between MAN and HHLA is to analyse and validate the exact requirements for the integration of autonomously driven trucks into the automatic container handling process.

This project is divided into three phases. In the preparatory phase, which has already been started and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018, the technical framework conditions will be defined. Testing is planned to run from January 2019 until June 2020.

In the future, HHLA said that automated driving functions will provide relief and support for truck drivers during their work. For example, assuming the legal fundamentals are in place, the driver could process freight documents during fully automated motorway travel or simply take a rest.

The “Hamburg TruckPilot” project is part of the strategic transport partnership between the City of Hamburg and the Volkswagen Group which are working together to develop Hamburg as a model city for futuristic, sustainable and integrated transportation.

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