Terberg, EasyMile work together on Autonomous Terminal Tractor
Terberg says it recently delivered 30 new YT 223 terminal tractors to DP World to boost its operations in the Port of Luanda in Angola.
DP was awarded a 20-year concession to operate and manage the Multipurpose Terminal at the Port of Luanda and began operations on 1 March 2021. The company is investing USD 190 million to improve the terminal to help Angola achieve its ambitions for economic growth and to make it a trade hub along the western coast of Southern Africa. The terminal is the eighth port facility currently managed and operated by DP World in its Africa and the Middle East region.
According to Terberg, the vehicles are fitted with the safety options DP World specifies for their other terminals, in addition to a fixed fifth wheel and an extra-large fuel tank, which can be refilled from each side of the vehicle.
The YT223 is the latest generation of the Terberg yard tractor which has proven itself in terminals worldwide. Some of the refinements include a more powerful engine and higher GCW, a new cab with efficient fingertip controls, and a smoother suspension. Maintenance access is further improved and the chassis is now hot-dip galvanised for corrosion prevention.
In another development, Terberg said a prototype of the Terberg YT203EV Autonomous electric terminal tractor left the workshop in Benschop, the Netherlands, for further development in France by EasyMile, a specialist in driverless technology. The partnership between Terberg and EasyMile is aimed at delivering a fully functional autonomous tractor next year. Early 2022 it will be deployed in the first real-life autonomous operation pilot at the Kloosterboer terminal in Vlissingen, the Netherlands as part of the Living Lab Autonomous Transport Zeeland project.
Terberg AutoTUG™ Automation Architecture
The AutoTUG™ Architecture allows third-party vehicle automation companies to connect and control all relevant functions of the AutoTUG™ via an interface. A key component in the AutoTUG™ is the Drive by Wire layer that Terberg provides in order for third-party system control developers, such as EasyMile, to take over the control of the vehicle and integrate their application depending on functions. The Terberg Drive by Wire is named one of the most advanced in the market according to developers in the autonomous industry. First and foremost, safety is the leading priority when combining intelligence and mechanical aspects of controlling vehicles.
EasyMile Autonomous Solutions
EasyMile provides software and complete solutions for driverless mobility and goods transportation. Since its foundation in 2014 EasyMile rapidly became a leading specialist in technology that today drives autonomous vehicles in over 300 locations in more than 30 countries. Next to the most deployed autonomous shuttle in the world, EasyMile also developed a tow-truck solution optimizing supply chains with cross/indoor-outdoor material handling at industrial sites. They will build a driverless solution on the AutoTUG™ architecture in order to prepare the first Terberg autonomous tractor for a live pilot in the Netherlands.
Living Lab Autonomous Transport Zeeland
After the driverless application development in France, the autonomous tractor will be used for testing in the project Living Lab Autonomous Transport in Zeeland, a region in the southwest of the Netherlands. This project is funded by the Operational Program for the South of the Netherlands (OPZuid), an economic stimulation program. The tractor will drive between the quay and the container stack at the terminal of a logistics service provider. The next step is to also operate on the public road, crossing a 3.3 km route between the terminal and a leading exporter of onions and potatoes. This will provide real-life situations that are essential to identify traffic risks and improve technology, as well as to investigate safety measures.