Volvo Trucks and the ferry and logistics company, DFDS, have announced a collaboration. As part of the collaboration Volvo Trucks’ autonomous and electric vehicle Vera will the transport the goods in a connected and repetitive flow from a DFDS’ logistics centre to a port terminal.
The collaboration with DFDS is a first step towards implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area.
The autonomous transport solution will be further developed in terms of technology, operations management and infrastructure adaptations, before it can be fully operational.
Some of the facts related to the collaboration:
- The assignment
is tomove containers from the DFDS logistics centrein Gothenburg to an APM terminals container terminal according to needed capacity.
autonomous systemis monitored by an operator in a control tower who is also responsiblefor the transport.
- The solution
is suitedfor repetitive flows with a maximum speed of 40 km/h. Infrastructure adaptationsare part of the scope in the implementation of the total transportsystem, including automated gates at the terminals.
- Volvo Trucks and DFDS are main partners but several actors are involved in implementing Vera’s first assignment.
- DFDS provides
ferry andtransport services in Europe and Turkey, generating annual revenues of aroundDKK 17bn. The 8.000 employees are located on ships and in offices across20 countries. DFDS is headquartered in Copenhagen,and listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen.
- APM Terminals is a port service and container terminal solution provider, operating a
network of76 ports globally. APM Terminals is a part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, an integratedcontainer logistics company working to connect and simplify its customer’ssupply chains, operating in 130 countries and employs roughly 70.000 employees.
- The initiative
is carriedout with support from the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency through the Strategic vehicle research and innovation programmeFFI.
Source: Press Release