DB Schenker working in conjunction with partners MAN Truck & Bus and Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences recently trialed two digitally networked trucks.
A truck platoon left the branch office of DB Schenker in Neufahrn near Munich via the A9 digital test field to Nuremberg. The trial was witnessed by Andreas Scheuer, the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The pilot project with a cost of EUR 2 million is being funded by the federal government.
Mr. Scheuer said, “This is a visionary research project for our digital test site, the A9 highway. The project marks the start of the automated and networked future of road haulage. We bring tomorrow’s technology onto today’s roads, testing the intelligent interaction of man, machine and material. Our opportunities: logistics processes—from the ramp to customer—can become safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. And truck drivers can become modern logistics specialists in digital trucks.”
The first regular test runs of the networked trucks started on June 25, 2018, and travelled along the 145-kilometre route. Until August, the trials will run without any loads, after that the platoons will be in service every day laden with part loads such as machine parts, drinks, or paper.
DB Board Member for Freight Transport and Logistics, Alexander Doll said, “This first use of truck platoons in Germany will set new standards in the logistics market, from which our customers will benefit first and foremost,”
“With this project, DB Schenker is showing what matters for companies all over the world in the future: advancing innovations through new partnerships.”
DB Schenker is enhancing their business model with this new technology
DB Board Member for Digitalization and Technology, Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke had this to say, “Today, we at DB are once again bringing a new technology to the road. With the platooning project, we are further expanding our pioneering role in the field of autonomous and networked driving.”
This cooperation between these global leaders in their respected sectors is promoting the whole subject of automated driving.
CEO of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Joachim Drees said, “It’s not just about using a technology. It’s about integrating it effectively into the entire logistics chain. The findings from the joint project are an important step towards series development. This will give MAN a leading role in the automation and digitization of commercial vehicles.”