Automation will reshape the logistics industry, creating real-life benefits for both customers and society in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency. UD Trucks is now focusing on solutions for safe, low-speed automation in confined areas, including in-plant and harbor logistics. It is also exploring on-road Highway Auto Pilot and CACC (Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control) platooning technologies in the near term, and more highly-automated on-road vehicles in the long term.
UD Trucks is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products. UD Trucks is now developing technologies necessary to create silent, zero-emission vehicles that maximize energy efficiency, payload capacity and mileage. As battery systems continue to evolve, UD Trucks is testing a variety of solutions, including battery EV, parallel HEV and Series HEV.
Connectivity and Digitalization
Connectivity through digitalization is the enabler of both automation and electromobility. In Japan, UD Trucks has around 45,000 vehicles connected through the UD Information Service, which uses data collected from each vehicle to help improve uptime. By analyzing digital data collected from customer driving behavior, UD Trucks also gains insight on how to design even safer and more dependable trucks.
“Since the launch of the New Quon in 2017, UD Trucks has moved steadily forward on its mission to drive the future of smart logistics. This new innovation roadmap represents a major leap forward for both the company, the logistics industry, and our society,” said Douglas Nakano, Senior Vice President of UD Trucks Technology. “We are committed to ensuring that our customers around the world feel the full benefits of the solutions and products we are developing, which will ultimately make life better for everyone in our society.”
Over the course of 2018, UD Trucks will conduct demonstrations of autonomous driving and electric drive prototypes, targeting field tests and customer trials ahead of Tokyo Motor Show 2019. It aims to have vehicles in actual daily operation by the year 2020. All activities will be conducted with a view toward full-fledged commercialization of fully-electric and autonomous trucks by 2030.
Step-by-step together with customers, UD Trucks delivers solutions for Smart Logistics.
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UD Trucks is a leading Japanese total transport solution provider. UD Trucks was established in Japan in 1935, and became a part of the Volvo Group in 2007. UD Trucks has its headquarters in Japan and expanded its sales network to more than 60 countries worldwide. At UD Trucks, our mission is to provide the added value of Ultimate Dependability derived from UD to our company’s products as well as an unsurpassed level of excellence for our customers.