Hamburg Testing MAN AVs Under Volkswagen Partnership

As part of Volkswagen’s transportation partnership with the city’s government, autonomous trucks from MAN Truck & Bus are to be tested in Hamburg.

MAN has signed a deal with Truck & Bus and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik mandating the development and testing of self-driving trucks over a 2.5-year period. A motorway and a container terminal will function as the testing center. The organizations are trying to determine the technical requirements that would need to be met in order for trucks to begin fulfilling customer orders. They haven’t yet finalized how this will be done.

MAN management board member Dr Frederik Zohm claimed the project’s “focus … is on integrating the system into concrete workflows for … the customer”. A company statement also asserted that greater “efficiency through automated defensive driving” was a potential benefit of the sort of AVs to be tested, and that “in the future, automated driving functions will provide relief and support for truck drivers during their work”.

Testing of the trucks is due to take place between January 2019 until June 2020, while they’re due to embark upon “trial operations” between July and December 2020. MAN was very keen to stress that human back-up drivers would be ready to take control of the vehicles at any point during the testing, in the event that their systems malfunctioned.

 


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