MAN and HHLA unveil autonomous Hamburg TruckPilot

In News, MAN1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 15, 2021

MAN Truck & Bus and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG have completed their joint project Hamburg TruckPilot.

With Hamburg TruckPilot, the companies have set an important milestone for the use of self-driving trucks in port terminals.

The new law on autonomous driving in Germany creates the legal requirements for future hub-to-hub applications as an important component of Logistics 4.0.

“Pilot projects like Hamburg TruckPilot prove that the use of self-driving trucks is technologically feasible and can be efficiently integrated into logistics processes,” said Dr. Frederik Zohm, MAN board member for research and development.

“Autonomous driving will be a game changer in transportation. In close cooperation with customers and partners, we are testing practical automation solutions with the aim of getting self-driving trucks ready for series production from 2030.”

HHLA chief executive Angela Titzrath emphasised that the cooperation with MAN is an important and necessary step in shaping the future of freight transport.

“Autonomous driving is coming. We at HHLA are preparing for this. Logistics 4.0 offers opportunities on a global scale,” she said.

“To use them, we have to be open to change and show the courage to change. Autonomous driving and Hamburg TruckPilot are good examples of transformative processes that we want to actively shape.”