Research project INTERACt has started
The development of autonomous trucks having recently progressed at a high pace, it is most likely that such vehicles will be brought to series production in the coming years. To tap the benefits of autonomous driving along the entire transport chain, it is indispensable to use those vehicles, which are primarily developed for autonomous driving on public roads, also on terminal areas and to integrate them into local terminal operations. In pursue of this motivation, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is co-funding the current project as part of their IHATEC program. Apart from HPC, consortium partners are CTD Container Transport Dienst and Institute for Information Processing Technology (ITIV) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
The project team of HPC, CTD and ITIV will assess the feasibility of using autonomous trucks on public roads and on closed terminal areas in the context of a study and subsequent gap analysis. Additionally, technical, operational and legal requirements for both, vehicles and involved transport service providers and terminals will be identified. As a result of the feasibility study, the project partners will set up a roadmap outlining the necessary future development steps.
In a first step, the team will analyse the requirements for a truck traveling autonomously on a terminal and then research the current state of the art of autonomous truck driving as well as already foreseeable developments in detail.
Subsequently, a feasibility study will examine the extent to which it is already possible and sensible to use autonomous trucks along the entire transport chain. Various realistic scenarios are looked at - not only on container terminals but also in other logistics areas.
As part of a gap analysis, it is outlined, which technical and legal reasons do currently speak against the use of autonomous trucks. Necessary developments are systematically summarized in a roadmap.