The AutoTruck project aims at developing and demonstrating a system for the fully automated operation of commercial vehicles in automation zones (e. g., logistics hubs, shipping yards, dedicated areas within the public road network). Its focus lies on key functionalities such as
- High-precision locating and navigation,
- Reliable collision avoidance,
- Vehicle2infrastructure communication,
- Real-time maneuver planning, as well as
- fully automated nearfield navigation.
Based on these key functionalities, a fully automated truck is to be presented in a logistics hub and its adjacent access roads.
The project's main challenges are being able to present a working overall system and exploiting the results. The solutions developed are to allow the vehicles' general approval for roads and be based on sensors, locating systems and communication technology most likely available in future standard vehicles. Due to these framework constraints, the project's aims go far beyond the current state of the art, which is characterized by special-purpose vehicles that drive at extremely low speeds (6 km/h) and are not approved for public roads.
Project term: September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2019 (36 months)