Published: June 18, 2014 | Netherlands
Dutch consortium has proposed to introduce self-driving trucks in and out of the Port of Rotterdam to a number of Dutch cities within five years. The consortium consists of Transport and Logistics Netherlands, DAF Trucks, Rotterdam Port, and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.
The country’s infrastructure minister, Melanie Schultz van is investigating legal changes needed to allow self-driving cars to use public roads in the Netherlands, and plans to submit a law by early 2015. This fall she will indicate likely conditions and roads earmarked for testing.
The planned tests will increase in complexity, beginning first on private land and later moving to public roads if the technology proves safe enough. The consortium wants to develop a driving system for autonomous trucks within the next five years and plans to sell it to logistics companies for use on public roads.
The synergy of private industry and governmental goals is the key factor for this innovation, no other project has a hard target of bringing this to market within five years, with the backing of the government.
This project could thus see the Port of Rotterdam play host to the first self-driving vehicles ahead of American giant Google’s similar plans, and other European projects which have failed to achieve the same backing as the Dutch consortium.
A detailed proposal is expected to be delivered to the Dutch government after the summer of 2014.
Source: Tech Hive