UD eyes au­ton­omy

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THE UD TRUCKS In­no­va­tion Roadmap aims to de­liver a va­ri­ety of high-tech lo­gis­tics so­lu­tions, among them fully elec­tric and au­ton­o­mous trucks by 2030. The In­no­va­tion Roadmap cen­tres around au­to­ma­tion and elec­tro­mo­bil­ity, aim­ing to in­tro­duce op­tions from 2020, be­fore achiev­ing full au­ton­omy by 2030.

UD Trucks be­lieves the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try can over­come grow­ing trans­port de­mands by util­is­ing trans­for­ma­tive in­no­va­tions in au­to­ma­tion and elec­tro-mo­bil­ity and in do­ing so re­duce CO2 emis­sions, ad­dress­ing driver short­ages and the on­line com­merce boom.

UD Trucks says it takes in­spi­ra­tion for its In­no­va­tion Roadmap from the gods of wind and thun­der, as de­picted in the fa­mous gold-em­bossed Ja­pa­nese fold­ing screen, “Fu­jin and Rai­jin”.

UD Trucks’ progress in au­to­ma­tion is in­spired by Fu­jin, the god of wind, who sym­bol­ises the power of move­ment, while its work in elec­tro-mo­bil­ity is in­spired by Rai­jin, the god of thun­der, who sym­bol­ises the power of en­ergy.

UD Trucks high­lights that con­nec­tiv­ity through digi­ti­sa­tion is the en­abler of au­to­ma­tion and in Ja­pan the truck maker al­ready has about 45,000 ve­hi­cles con­nected through the UD In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice.

“We are pleased to share the In­no­va­tion Roadmap, launched by UD Trucks Cor­po­ra­tion in Tokyo, on their vi­sion to­wards 2030,” UD Trucks Aus­tralia vice-pres­i­dent Mark Strambi says. “This ini­tia­tive demon­strates their com­mit­ment to of­fer com­mer­cialised fully elec­tric and au­ton­o­mous trucks.

“This an­nounce­ment shows a com­mit­ment by UD Trucks to be a ma­jor player in the fu­ture tech­nol­ogy of the trans­port in­dus­try whilst at the same time ad­dress­ing the is­sues fac­ing the in­dus­try to­day in­clud­ing the in­creas­ing road freight task, en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, driver avail­abil­ity.

“UD Trucks Aus­tralia is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a range of trucks that meet the de­mands of our cur­rent and fu­ture cus­tomers. As al­ways, UD Trucks Aus­tralia will only launch prod­ucts into the lo­cal mar­ket after the ex­ten­sive test­ing and val­i­da­tion re­quired to en­sure it with­stand the unique con­di­tions of Aus­tralia and New Zealand.”

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