(Yicai Global) April.12 -- The world’s first unmanned electric truck, produced by state-owned manufacturer China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., better known as Sinotruk, has entered trial operation at Tianjin Port, one of northern China’s key ports.
The autonomous commercial vehicle, jointly developed with port operator Tianjin Port Group Co., successfully completed horizontal transporting of containers from shore to shipyard, China Daily reported.
Equipped with a laser radar, high-definition camera, and intelligent computing unit, it completed testing of driving, precise parking, container handling and obstacle response functions without the help of human operation.
The new truck represents a breakthrough in the development of the horizontal transporting within automated container terminals. “We mainly adopt automated guided vehicle technology which incurs high costs due to the large-scale reconstruction of traditional terminals,” said Zhang Tianlei, founder of TrunkTech, a key technology partner in the project. The wide applications of the unmanned trucks will result in a significant drop in costs for operators, he added.
Automated container terminals have become a key developmental trend among ports worldwide. China built the world’s largest automated container port at Yangshan Deep Water Port near Shanghai last December, boasting seven container berths.
Editor: William Clegg