To­wards smart lo­gis­tics

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT -

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.

PHOTO: UD

Pla­toon­ing trucks that use sig­nals to brake at the same time can ex­ploit the less-dense air be­hind a truck to save fuel.

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