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Automated driving: Transport solutions of tomorrow

Truck platooning

At a glance

  • Up to 10 percent fuel saving
    Networked truck platoons provide more efficiency: Driving in the slipstream provides a substantial reduction in fuel consumption.
  • More safety in road traffic
    Thanks to the rapid and reliable reaction of control systems, traffic safety is substantially increased with autonomous safety vehicles.
  • Added value through automation
    Process automation is a success booster: More time, fewer errors, more satisfaction thanks to fully automated working processes in the transport business.

Truck platooning: A safe and fuel-efficient future

With truck platooning, two or more vehicles are electronically coupled with one another at a close distance. The slipstream effect increases traffic safety, allows fuel saving and reduces CO2 emissions.

Reduces hazards and is fuel efficient in operation

Truck platooning in real-life operation – digital test field on the motorway

Platooning test drive in partnership with DB Schenker and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Together with the logistics company DB Schenker and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, MAN has started a development partnership with the goal of testing platooning in real-life operation in transport logistics. With test drives on the A9 between Munich and Nuremberg, the focus was on the changes and benefits for the drivers in everyday operation.

Safety at roadworks due to autonomous safety vehicles

Fewer accidents due to automated processes with self-driving, networked trucks at motorway roadworks.

Automated safety vehicle

Serious rear-end collisions at moving motorway roadworks happen again and again, despite warning signs. As part of the “aFAS” research project, MAN and seven other partners developed an innovative safety vehicle which can do its job without a driver.

  • This substantially reduces danger to employees of the roadworks team
  • Reliable and safe thanks to extensive sensor technology and control software
  • Constant contact with the working vehicle via a wireless data connection
  • Kept informed in real time about the acceleration, braking and steering manoeuvres of the lead vehicle

The evolution of automation technology in transport logistics

Within the framework of a project partnership between MAN and the company Hamburger Hafen & Logistik AG, important insights are generated into the further development of automation processes right up to a market-ready system.

“Hamburg TruckPilot” practical test

Realistically analysing and validating the precise requirements of the customer’s specific application and integration of autonomously driven trucks into the fully automated container handling process – this is the objective of the partnership between MAN and logistics company Hamburger Hafen & Logistik AG as part of the “Hamburg TruckPilot” practical test. The HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) and an approximately 70-kilometre long section of the A7 German national motorway will serve as the test environment.

Two prototype trucks fitted with corresponding electronic automation systems make the journey to the container terminal in a fully automated manner. Loading and unloading can then also be effected autonomously. A trained safety driver is present in the vehicle at all times during the trial operation to monitor the automation systems.

As with other projects, the focus is on integration of the system into concrete work processes with a future user. All findings that can be gained from the practical test are important for the further development of the technology of automated driving.

Already available today: Assistance systems for more safety in the transport business

Our innovative assistance systems reliably offer support for your journeys: They help you to better cope with critical traffic situations and prevent the danger of accidents.

MAN Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
MAN Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Warns the driver in emergency braking situations
  • Stops the vehicle automatically in case of dangerous situations
  • Warns following traffic with Emergency Stopping Signal (ESS)
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MAN ACC Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function
Adaptive cruise control: MAN ACC Stop & Go
  • Controls the speed of the truck
  • Maintains the distance to traffic ahead
  • Relieves the driver in heavy traffic by automatic braking and starting
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Congestion assistant for independent driving in stationary traffic
MAN Traffic Jam Assist
  • Controls drive, brake and steering independently
  • Maintains the distance to the vehicle in front and the lane in case of stationary traffic
  • Brakes to a standstill if required and automatically moves off after short stops
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MAN Lane Departure Warning system (LDW) & MAN Lane Return Assist (LRA)
MAN Lane Departure Warning system (LDW) & MAN Lane Return Assist (LRA)
  • Driver support for safe lane keeping
  • Lane Departure Warning system (LDW): Warns of unintentional lane departure
  • Lane return assist (LRA): Steers the vehicle actively back into the lane

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