Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Driverless truck does delivery route on Jurong Island

Source Website: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/driverless-truck-does-delivery-route-on-jurong-island?xtor=CS11-86
By Christopher Tan, Senior Transport Correspondent, The Straits Times, 24 October 2017 at 02:55 pm


People taking a closer look at the driverless truck in Jurong Island. The truck transports products between Exxonmobil's packaging and intermediate storage facilities.
PHOTO: People taking a closer look at the driverless truck in Jurong Island. The truck transports products between Exxonmobil's packaging and intermediate storage facilities.
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SINGAPORE - Belgian logistics group Katoen Natie has started operating its first driverless truck at ExxonMobil's manufacturing site on Jurong Island.

The truck transports polymer products between the company's packaging and intermediate storage facilities. It operates round the clock, seven days a week, to move some 250,000 tonnes of goods a year.

At a demonstration Tuesday (Oct24), Katoen Natie said the autonomous truck project will be expanded gradually after a six-month trial to 12 trucks, moving some 3 million tonnes of product annually.



Katoen Natie said the autonomous truck operates round the clock, seven days a week, to move some 250,000 tonnes of product annually.
PHOTO: Katoen Natie said the autonomous truck operates round the clock, seven days a week, to move some 250,000 tonnes of product annually.
PHOTO: KATOEN NATIE
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The company would not say how much the driverless truck cost, only to say that 70 per cent of funding came from government subsidies. It added that the unmanned vehicle would pay for itself within a year.

The truck is guided by 3,800 transponders (transmitter-responder) buried in the tarmac (material used for surfacing roads) along a fixed route at a top speed of 25kmh - the limit in the petrochemical complex. The company said its next step would be to use GPRS-guided trucks, as well as to introduce unmanned trucks on public roads.

Katoen Natie Singapore chief executive Koen Cardon said he sees a shortage of labour as a real challenge for the logistics group in the years ahead.

"We need to get smarter, and we need to get more productive," he said. "This is exactly what we're doing with this project."

In consultation with Singapore Management University, which recommended Dutch autonomous vehicle specialist VDL as a partner, Katoen Natie fitted a 50ft flatbed truck with sensors and guidance systems early this year (2017). Between May and September, the truck underwent trials on-site.

Mr Cardon said: "This project is a perfect example of the innovation we bring to the forefront to create value for our customers as well as creating the opportunities to upgrade the skills of our workforce."

Elsewhere, Singapore is pushing ahead to roll out driverless vehicles from 2020.

In January, Scania and Toyota Tsusho signed an agreement with PSA and the Ministry of Transport to design, develop and test a truck-platooning system - where a human-driven truck leads a convoy of driverless trucks via wireless communications, for use on the roads.



Scania and Toyota Tsusho are developing an autonomous truck platooning system for use on Singapore's public roads which will eventually take over freight transport.
PHOTO: Scania and Toyota Tsusho are developing an autonomous truck platooning system for use on Singapore's public roads which will eventually take over freight transport. [2]
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ST Kinetics announced in April that it planned to put two autonomous buses on the road from October 2020.

Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a partnership agreement with ST Kinetics to develop and trial autonomous buses in the city-state
PHOTO: Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has signed a partnership agreement with ST Kinetics to develop and trial autonomous buses in the city-state as part of the efforts by the Committee on Autonomous Road Transport for Singapore (CARTS) to accelerate the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to enhance urban mobility. [3]
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Last December, Nanyang Technological University announced plans to launch a driverless shuttle that ferries up to 15 passengers on a 1.5km route between CleanTech Park and the university campus.



Singapore recently unveiled NAVIA, the first driverless electric shuttle that will transfer passengers using intelligence systems and software.
PHOTO: Singapore recently unveiled NAVIA, the first driverless electric shuttle that will transfer passengers using intelligence systems and software.
The first electric-powered, driverless shuttle in the region will transport passengers between the Nanyang Technological University and CleanTech Park during its two-year test run. [4]
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Driverless cars and trucks have been tested successfully in Europe, clocking tens of thousands of kilometres - many on public roads - in the last three years.



Future public transportation in the heart of Paris
PHOTO: Future public transportation in the heart of Paris
This 4-month experiment by the city of Paris is modest, but in the fast-developing field of autonomous vehicles, it’s an example of how buses may be taking the lead in the revolution. While large trucks and passenger cars are still in various stages of demonstration, autonomous buses are already in limited use around the world, poised for rapid expansion. [5]
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Mercedes Benz Future Truck 2025

PHOTO: Mercedes Benz Future Truck 2025
"In 10 years trucks will be able to drive autonomously on the motorways and highways of Europe," claimed a statement from Mercedes-Benz, after revealing the Future Truck 2025, developed by the company's Daimler Trucks department. [6]
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Terminator projects
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By Christopher Tan, Senior Transport Correspondent, The Straits Times, 24 October 2017 at 02:55 pm



Reference
[1] Christopher Tan, Senior Transport Correspondent, The Straits Times, Driverless truck does delivery route on Jurong Island, posted on 24 October 2017 at 02:55 pm, http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/driverless-truck-does-delivery-route-on-jurong-island?xtor=CS11-86

[2] Porttechnology.org, Autonomous Freight for Singapore?, posted on 09 January 2017 at 10.31am, https://www.porttechnology.org/news/Autonomous_Freight_for_Singapore

[3] Adam Frost, Singapore plans to develop and trial autonomous buses, posted on 10 April 2017, http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=84839

[4] Elga Reyes, Singapore launches first driverless electric vehicle in Asia, posted on Tuesday, 20 August 2013, http://www.eco-business.com/news/singapore-launches-first-driverless-electric-vehicle-asia/

[5] Chris O'Brien, Robotic Buses Leapfrog Self-Driving Trucks in Autonomy Revolution, posted on 27 February 2017, https://www.trucks.com/2017/02/27/buses-european-self-driving-vehicle-revolution/

[6] Dan Howarth, dezeen.com, Mercedes-Benz's self-driving truck set for Europe's roads "in 10 years", posted on 13 October 2014, https://www.dezeen.com/2014/10/13/mercedes-benz-self-driving-future-truck-2025/