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MAN and Scania are developing a pilot operation avtopilotiruemyh columns on public roads

European automakers increasingly are promoting the idea of amending regulatory documents to 2023 to ensure the widespread introduction of convoys with partial automated control systems. Simultaneously, many companies launch projects to create a fully Autonomous truck convoys now to create a legal base to be prepared.

So the company MAN Truck & Bus in conjunction with the world’s largest logistics service provider, DB Schenker, and the University of applied Sciences. Fresenius began operational testing of the two connected trucks with automated control. Testing will take place in the experimental area of the A9 motorway.

From 25 June to beginning of August Autonomous convoy will move on the 145-kilometer section without a load. If successful – and MAN it sure starts ordinary logistic transportation of part-load (machinery parts, beverage, paper, etc.) up to three goer a day.

“This is the first case of the use of mainline trains in a convoy in Germany, and it will set new standards on the logistics market, which primarily benefit our customers, — says Alexander doll (Alexander Doll), member of the management Board of DB cargo transport and logistics.

To Finance this project, the Federal government has allocated almost 2 000 000 euros.

Avtopilotiruemy in parallel columns involved and the Swedes. Scania last summer announced the beginning of tests avtopilotiruemyh trucks and buses in real traffic conditions. Joined forces with the Ministry of transport of Singapore and port authority of Singapore (PSA Corporation), avtopilotiruemy columns had to carry containers on public roads and deliver the cargo at port terminals.

In preparation for the experimental transport operations specialists Scania originally introduced a fully Autonomous convoy of three trucks that can move at the speed of 80 km/h (average speed limit in Europe) and an interval of half a second (approximately 10 meters). However, after that no information about the realization of this experiment were reported.

This year Scania demonstrated opportunities of a column of four trucks to respond to emergency situation thanks to the Slipstream. So, if “dropping” a foreign vehicle, the drones automatically increase the distance between them to secure, and again reduce it after “the outsider” leaves the column.

After the demonstration Cornmill Gunnar (Gunnar Tornmalm), head of automation development of Scania, said: “I hope that the first full scale tests will begin in three years and will be held on public roads”

But as Autonomous buses, here the experts ‘ forecasts Scania more restrained. Yes, tested under the supervision of staff from the research Department in södertälje is in full swing. However, the city – not the road, and adverse factors influencing the safety of transportation, there is much more. Yes, and the passengers are not boxes with vegetables, and to predict their behavior, to put it mildly, difficult. So until self-driving buses to run effectively only to work at night when the traffic dies down.

Well, the idea is to minimize economic loss and harm to the environment and to enhance the safety of transportation is not new, and the fact that the Europeans with their culture of driving, it actively promoted – logical. However, even in such a safe, it would seem that countries have questions that do not allow to rely on linear thinking computers.

So the company Scania in cooperation with Telecom giant Ericsson is actively developing a system of remote control trucks in real-time. Using technology 5G (Scania will be the first company that Ericsson will trust to test components of its network this standard), engineers plan to monitor vehicles from a remote dispatch center.

According to the developers, the system will be relevant when the self-driving car will encounter a subject that can not identify and avoid, without violating the traffic rules. Then he stops and requests assistance from the operator-the person who ultimately makes the final decision: to ignore the situation or to take control of the vehicle itself.

On the background of the above sounds interesting review Jimmy Sell (Jimmy Selling), software developer at Department of research and development Scania:”This decision is a workaround that can be used when, for technical or legal reasons Autonomous driving will be impossible.”

Interested? Yes. Promising? Of course. That’s just us, for a start, do not interfere with at least 3G technology along the road to adjust the markup in order to bring, and then I could go about avtopilotiruemy columns to reflect…