PRO­GRAM CAN PLAY ‘CAR TETRIS’

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

NEW car stack­ing soft­ware has been de­vel­oped at the Uni­ver­sity of War­wick by Trans-Rak In­ter­na­tional for the War­wick Man­u­fac­tur­ing Group.

The soft­ware plays in­stant tetris with car shapes to find the op­ti­mal place­ment of cars in a ship­ping con­tainer.

Up to now, this form of car tetris was played by ex­pe­ri­enced hu­mans, who typ­i­cally fit­ted two cars per con­tainer, but the new pro­gramme can fit up to four cars of dif­fer­ent makes and mod­els us­ing the rack­ing hard­ware de­vel­oped at TRI.

Much like the floors in a gi­ant roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) boat, the R-Rak hard­ware can be raised or low­ered to ad­just to an SUV or sportscar’s pro­file, It con­sists of an ad­justable steel frame that al­lows the front and rear of the top ve­hi­cle to be in­cre­men­tally raised or low­ered as needed, so that the bot­tom ve­hi­cle can fit snugly be­neath it.

Pro­gram de­signer Piero Filip­pin said the new soft­ware al­lows spe­cific ve­hi­cles to be se­lected from a com­pre­hen­sive list, mean­ing a quicker view can be gained in re­la­tion to ve­hi­cle con­fig­u­ra­tion be­fore the con­tain­ers are loaded onto ships or trains.

“This has helped save con­sid­er­able time, re­source and money,” said Filip­pin.

— Wheels Re­porter.

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