This took place to an audience of media and business partners at the UD Experience Center at its headquarters in Ageo, Saitama.
The course emulated the real-use conditions of heavy-duty trucks in confined areas such as ports, factories, warehouses and construction sites, where automation technology will help improve efficiency, safety and productivity. L4 automation is the last step towards fully-automated transportation, where the driver can give the vehicle full autonomy over every aspect of driving. The demonstration highlighted automation technologies including GPS (Global Positioning System), radar, Lidar, onboard camera and software which enable such high-precision automation for starting, stopping, slaloming, U-turns and reverse driving. Balancing and maneuvering heavy-duty payloads in unexpected road conditions requires a high level of expertise, especially in steering technology. The heavy-duty truck Quon will help stabilize automated driving with the automated manual transmission “ESCOT VI” and its proven steering system.
UD Trucks is currently participating in the Japanese government’s highway platooning projects, and will continuously improve the accuracy and safety of automation technologies including vehicle-to-vehicle communications and lane keeping assistance.
As part of the Volvo Group, UD Trucks has access to a wealth of testing data that it uses to improve automation and connectivity technology to suit the unique needs of each customer. UD Trucks aims to partner with companies across the logistics industry and beyond to build knowledge and refine its technology through a strategy of “building knowledge while testing.” UD Trucks’ automation technology “Fujin”—named for the Japanese god of wind—is one of the two pillars of the UD Trucks’ Innovation Roadmap Fujin & Raijin. Vision 2030, announced in April 2018. The Innovation Roadmap lays out solutions for global issues facing the logistics industry, such as the need to reduce CO2 emissions, the growing scale of e-commerce, and driver shortages.
Connectivity is the enabler of innovation technologies like automation, electromobility and smart logistics. In Japan, UD Trucks has provided connectivity technology since 2006. UD Trucks has around 50,000 vehicles are connected in Japan and some international markets, and is targeting 150,000 by 2025. Data is collected from each vehicle to help improve customer uptime, fleet operation, quality and innovation. As part of the Volvo Group, UD Trucks can leverage a wealth of knowledge from different use cases around the world. Assets are collected from around 800,000 connected vehicles to improve automation and connectivity technology and make logistics smarter.
UD Trucks will continue demonstrations of autonomous driving and electric drive prototypes, aiming to complete field tests and customer trials ahead of Tokyo Motor Show 2019—with a view toward daily operation by 2020 and commercialization of fully-electric trucks and autonomous trucks by 2030. Source