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Autonomous Trucks for Logistics Centers


The truck drives independently to the loading ramp and waits until it is loaded.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Germany is collaborating with industry to develop autonomous truck technologies for logistics centers.

Credit: Fraunhofer IVI

The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI (Fraunhofer IVI) in Germany is collaborating with industry to develop autonomous truck technologies for logistics centers.

The core of the AutoTruck project is the HelyOS "highly efficient online yard operating system," which can be operated via Internet browser. The system displays trucks on a digital map, enabling operators to not only view where individual vehicles are, but also to track them and acquire status information, and transmit missions and work orders to them using the TruckTrix live maneuver planning system.

TruckTrix calculates the trajectory along which the truck is to travel, accounting for vehicle geometry, fixed obstacles, and routes of other driverless vehicles. The calculated paths are sent to the trucks, which are guided by algorithms controlling each vehicle's speed and direction.

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