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Westwell develops AI-powered self-driving container truck

LBR Staff Writer Published 16 April 2018

Chinese tech start-up Westwell has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) powered self-driving container truck.

The tech start-up has unveiled the new driverless container truck at China's Zhuhai Port early this year.

According to Westwell, multiple overseas container terminals are looking to invest in advanced technology, including driverless vehicles.

Westwell's driverless container trucks support logistics companies and terminals enhance work efficiency and reduce labor cost by more than 50%, as per the industry watchers.

The firm’s driverless container trucks can quickly adjust to the port environment compared to regular self-driving vehicles, said Westwell.

The horizontal transportation of containers in ports is busy and complex that will result in more changeovers of route plans for self-driving vehicles.

Metal equipment at the port will also trouble GPS signals, creating more difficulties to regular driverless container trucks.

The AI components of Westwell's driverless trucks will help to effectively carry out multiple tasks at the port environment

The new driverless truck’s AI capabilities will allow monitoring navigation and avoiding obstacles, as well as plan the optimal route for transportation of containers.

In November 2017, Westwell has also partnered with multinational engineering firm ZPMC for the development of an AI straddle carriers.

ZPMC stated that the AI straddle carrier can automatically avoid obstacles, slow down, brake and make better decisions in emergency conditions.

Westwell is engaged in exploring the combination of AI and port technology. Since 2015, the firm has been offering plans for container number recognition system, WellOcean, in terminals across the country.

Artificial intelligence is intelligence showed by machines in contrast to the natural intelligence (NI) demonstrated by humans and other animals. It is also known as machine intelligence (MI).

The traditional goals of AI research comprised of reasoning, knowledge representation, planning, learning, natural language processing, perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects.

Image: Westwell’s driverless container truck at China's Zhuhai Port. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Westwell.