The project called Born to Drive centres on a new, cutting-edge software solution that allows vehicles to move themselves. The solution is developed by Semcon, Combitech and Consat along with several other companies, including Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. A prototype of the system is already up and running.
Increased supply chain efficiency
The current version of Born to Drive can steer vehicles from the production line to a collection point where they await further transport. However, the potential evolution of the system could result in the streamlining of many more parts of the logistics chain.
For example, the software could be used to move vehicles onto trains, trucks or vessels. What’s more, no extra hardware is required to support the solution, as the software makes use of sensors and software that are already built into most of today’s vehicles from most OEM’s.
Nils Lie at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions has investigated the potential effects that autonomous logistics could have on the supply chain, in the first instance at the Compounds and Terminals. He foresees massive opportunities for increased efficiency.
“Using this technology at port terminals and compounds would enable us to change the way cars are managed at the terminal. The technology would reduce labour cost, reduce damages, and increase the yard utilisation as the cars can be parked much closer to each other,” Lie says.
Controlling logistics flow
Born to Drive, which has been under development for two years, is the result of a partnership between various technology companies, government agencies, component manufacturers and Volvo Cars. The project has primarily received financing from ViNNOVA’s FFI scheme.
“What makes Born to Drive unique is that it’s an entirely software-based solution. This makes it both cost effective and scalable. As we already have a working prototype, it will be possible to implement the system within a few years. We foresee great opportunities for this solution,” says Johan Isacson, Born to Drive project manager.
In addition to the software itself, Born to Drive features a back-end system that controls the logistics flow, and keeps track of the location and fuel levels of the vehicles.
For further information about the project please contact Nils Lie at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions.