Dear readers, for over a year now, we and our partners, MAN and Hochschule Fresenius, have been working towards a moment that recently became a reality: our truck platoon has begun practical trials. This is a global first in the world of logistics! The two digitally networked trucks, loaded with general cargo, are being deployed on the route between Munich and Nuremberg. The platoon is controlled by the driver of the lead truck over the furthest possible distance. This is made possible by technical driving assistance and control systems.
The 145 kilometers of autobahn linking the two cities are currently the most important stretch of road in DB Schenker’s Europe-wide land transport network. After all, regardless of what kind of detailed results the evaluation of these trials might yield once the project is completed in early 2019, this truck platoon will bring us significantly closer to our goal of incorporating and reaping the benefits of networked and autonomous trucks in logistics chains.
This truck platoon might well be our most ambitious undertaking to date in our effort to herald a new age in truck transportation. But it is by far not the only one. In this issue of “logistics Newsfeed,” we present another very interesting and dynamic project: the iHub. We are currently testing three electric trucks on Berlin’s roads to best examine how these can be integrated into fleets which also include conventional trucks. There is no doubt about it: life on the streets is more exciting than ever before!
Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker AG