Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and MAN Truck & Bus are working in conjunction for the development and testing of automated and autonomous trucks in real use over the next few years. This agreement is part of the transport partnership between Volkswagen AG and the City of Hamburg.
HHLA and MAN Truck & Bus are launching a highly innovative research and testing project for the Hamburg TruckPilot that is projected to last two and a half years, the result will aid the development of automation solutions for road transport.
Member of the Board of Management for Research and Development at MAN Truck & Bus, Dr Frederik Zohm said, “The project ‘Hamburg TruckPilot’ is another important development step for automated driving for MAN. As with other projects, the focus here is on integrating the system into concrete workflows for a future user. Together with HHLA, we will generate important insights for the further development of the technology into a system that is ready for the customer.”
The project is broken up into three spate phases, the first phase being the preparatory phase which is currently ongoing and expects to be completed by the end of 2018 during this time the technical framework conditions will be defined. Phase two will be the testing phase and is projected to run from January 2019 through to June 2020 and will concentrate on the technical development of the system on the MAN testing grounds in Munich, Germany. The final phase expected to start in July 2020 will focus on the design of the trial operations, taking place in the customer-relevant environment. Throughout all tests, trained safety drivers will be in attendance to oversee the tests and monitor the automation systems, and if required intervene should any issue arise.
The continued development of automated driving functions will eventually provide relief and support for truck drivers during their work along with a substantial improvement in safety across all areas.