MAN Truck & Bus and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have signed a co-operation agreement to test automated and autonomous trucks as part of the mobility partnership between Volkswagen AG and the City of Hamburg, host of the 2021 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS). The HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder and an approximately 70-kilometre stretch of motorway on the A7 will be the scene of practical tests.
Test to provide important findings
This marks the start of a highly innovative research and test project called “Hamburg Truck Pilot” to develop automation solutions in road transport. The partnership between MAN and HHLA aims to realistically analyse and validate the exact requirements for customer-specific use and the integration of autonomous trucks into the automatic container handling process. At the same time, forward-looking standards are to be defined for methodology and implementation.
Project – part of ITS strategy
“The ‘Hamburg Truck Pilot’ project is another important step in MAN’s development of automated driving. As with other projects, the focus here is on integrating the system into concrete work processes for future users. “Together with HHLA, we will generate important findings for the further development of the technology into a customer-ready system,” said Dr. Frederik Zohm, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at MAN Truck & Bus.
“Hamburg Truck Pilot” is a crucial to Hamburg’s ITS strategy in the field of “Automated and Networked Driving”. It will be presented at the 28th ITS World Congress, underway in Hamburg from October 10-15, 2021.
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