Towards smart logistics
UD Trucks announced the launch of Fujin & Raijin. Vision 2030 — an Innovation Road Map, which aims to deliver a variety of solutions for smart logistics, including fully electric and autonomous trucks, leading up to 2030.
True to UD Trucks’ vision to provide the trucks the world needs today, the road map takes a step-by-step approach with customers to offer commercialised solutions for select automation and electromobility applications from 2020, with a view towards full-fledged commercialisation by 2030.
By 2030, demand for parcel delivery is expected to grow 50% compared to 2014. To meet this demand, the logistics industry faces significant challenges, including a responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions. UD Trucks believes that innovations in automation and electromobility are key to overcoming challenges and providing customers with the trucks that fit their needs. “As we look forward, we are convinced that the world needs smart logistics,” said UD Trucks chairperson Joachim Rosenberg during the road map’s announcement at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo.
UD Trucks believes that automation will reshape the logistics industry in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency. It is also focusing on solutions for safe, low-speed automation in confined areas, including in-plant and harbour logistics.
The company is developing technologies to create silent, zero-emission vehicles that maximise energy efficiency, payload capacity and mileage, and is testing a variety of solutions, including battery EV, parallel HEV and Series HEV.
It aims to have vehicles in daily operation by the year 2020.
Platooning trucks that use signals to brake at the same time can exploit the less-dense air behind a truck to save fuel.