A consortium headed by EasyMile has submitted an application to the European Commission to win funding for a large-scale project aimed at contributing to the accelerated deployment of connected and automated freight transport solutions in Europe and around the world. The All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations (AWARD) consortium consists of 29 partners with EasyMile as coordinator.
The project is looking to develop and demonstrate autonomous heavy-duty vehicles in harsh weathers conditions for real-logistics operations. EasyMile says it will provide its state-of-the art autonomous driving technology, working with heavy duty vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 and 2 technology providers, end-users, and logistics operators from factories, warehouse, ports, and airports, as well as labs and regulation entities. A cost-benefit analysis is expected to demonstrate the added value and economic viability of automated systems in real logistics operations for users and stakeholders. Twelve countries are represented in the consortium and collaboration with Japan, the U.S., Australia, and Singapore.
“Autonomous driving has the potential to revolutionize heavy-duty freight operations, making them more efficient and flexible," said Benoit Perrin, Managing Director and COO of EasyMile. “With our partners, the project will make the promise of driverless solutions a reality by addressing challenges such as harsh weather operations which are essential to real-world full-scale freight operations.”
Actions are set to help increase the overall safety and efficiency of freight operations of individual trucks or fleets (emissions/freight ratio, fuel consumption, road occupancy, vehicle utilization, capacity of transport network) in confined areas and in mixed traffic (hub to hub) through connected and automated driving systems. Actions are also in place to show the uptake of new business models and seek to reach a total cost reduction of operations, logistics, and supply chain, leading to improved competitiveness of the European transport and logistics industry.
If awarded, the project will be rolled out in 2021 for three years. This consortium includes:
Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers:
- TLD Group
Automated driving technology suppliers:
- Navtech Radar
Fleet supervision and teleoperation:
- Applied Autonomy
- Linz Center of Mechatronics
- AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
- University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – Department of Logistics
Companies involved in demonstrations of Autonomous Road Transport (ART) Autonomous Transport Systems:
- Rotax (factory), Avinor (airport)
- DB Schenker
Test region and Proving Ground:
Certification and regulatory bodies:
National and international organizations with close links to the automotive and logistics industries:
- IRU Projects
- CARA European cluster for mobility solutions, and Business Upper Austria
- Automobil Cluster ÖO