September 23, 2022
Sweden-based Scania has announced a partnership with HAVI Supply Chain for a new trial project that sees an autonomous truck being used in the transport of commercial goods. The pilot program, carried out under regular traffic conditions, looks to learn about the effectiveness of autonomous truck transport as part of hub-to-hub operations.
In what the companies say is a first for Europe, the pilot uses a fully autonomous vehicle to transport commercial goods in regular traffic conditions between logistics hubs. The pilot will have the truck drive between Södertälje and Jönköping, a three-hour journey of about 300 km, and the route forms part of a longer logistics flow for HAVI, with the first and last mile being handled by manually driven vehicles.
The pilot also aims to allow Scania and HAVI to evaluate the effectiveness of the technology in their operations.
“We know the transport system will change in the coming years and that the industry faces challenges of driver shortages and diminishing margins, so the transformation process towards autonomous technology needs to start happening right away,” said Robert Melin Mori, a project manager at Scania in charge of the initiative. “We need to learn about autonomous operations now so that we are ready as soon as the technology is ready. We believe this pilot will be a hugely important stepping stone.”
“This is an autonomous transport solution being used under real operating conditions with commercial goods for a third party,” added Peter Hafmar, head of autonomous solutions at Scania. “No one has done that before in Europe. We are delighted to be working with HAVI on this pilot.”
The two companies have already established a strong track record of cooperation in several initiatives around electrified transport, in keeping with their shared commitment to decarbonizing the transport system and exploring innovations to improve the efficiency and sustainability of commercial transport operations, Scania said.
“We have built up a strong understanding through the initiatives we’ve already undertaken together, and we are very happy to be in partnership on this latest pilot, which we believe holds enormous promise for our future relationship and for the future of the supply chain industry as a whole,” says Massimo D’Alessandro, director of sustainability & Innovation at HAVI.
For more details on Scania, visit its website here.