Big plans: MAN wants driverless trucks by 2025

The truck manufacturer MAN is currently developing autonomous vehicles. These should roll over the streets from 2025. Numerous companies and universities are involved in the project.

The truck manufacturer MAN, together with the supplier groups Bosch, Leoni and Knorr-Bremse, wants to have autonomously driving trucks on the motorway by the middle of the decade. Together with other partners, they want to develop a truck that can drive back and forth between logistics hubs without a driver. “With the project, a concept for the operation of automated trucks on the motorway that can be transferred to industrialization should be available by the middle of the decade,” they said in Munich on Tuesday.

With autonomously driving trucks, there should be fewer accidents and fewer traffic jams in the future. In addition, the aim is to counteract the driver shortage, increase the flexibility of truck use and reduce diesel consumption and CO2 emissions. The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied and Integrated Security is to ensure that the trucks are protected against cyber attacks.

Driverless MAN trucks: numerous companies and universities involved in the project

The truck manufacturer MAN wants to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2025.
The truck manufacturer MAN wants to have self-driving vehicles on the road by 2025.

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The Technical Universities of Munich and Braunschweig, TÜV SÜD, the companies Fernride and BTC Embedded Systems and Autobahn GmbH are also involved in the research and development project “Automated transport between logistics centers on expressways at level 4” (Atlas-L4).

It is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics. The project is “an important step on the way to hub-to-hub automation, with which we are already looking at future series applications for Logistics 4.0,” said MAN Board Member for Development Frederik Zohm.

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