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MAN Truck & Bus delivers test vehicles to DB Schenker for logistics research project

LBR Staff Writer Published 14 February 2018

MAN Truck & Bus and Hochschule Fresenius has delivered pilot vehicles to DB Schenker for use in a research project of logistics applications.

The joint platooning project has been designed for testing networked trucks in daily logistics operations.

Founded in May 2017, the cooperative venture will trial truck convoys over a period of several months. They will be tested as part of DB Schenker's scheduled operations in real traffic scenarios on the A9 freeway between Munich and Nuremberg.

The trucks will be operated without any cargo to assess driving conditions in the daily flow of traffic and train the drivers engaged in the project in operating the vehicles.

The drivers will be provided with theoretical and practical training by the specialists from MAN ProfiDrive.

After the completion of training phase, the test runs will be carried out on weekly and daily basis.

Later, the platoons will be deployed up to three times daily between DB Schenker logistics centers in Munich and Nuremberg.

Platooning is a road vehicle system where minimum two trucks on the freeway will travel in close succession with the support of technical driving assistance and control systems.

DB Schenker chief operating officer Ewald Kaiser said: “Autonomous and networked driving will fundamentally change road haulage.

“This project will focus on testing platooning for the first time in daily logistics operations. So we’re excited that we can now integrate the vehicles into the operational test runs.”

MAN Truck & Bus Research and Development management board member Frederik Zohm said: "We have already proved that platooning technology works in various predecessor projects, such as the European Truck Platooning Challenge in 2016.”

Image: The joint platooning project will test networked trucks in daily logistics operations. Photo: courtesy of DB Schenker.