The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is financing the joint project for the development of the trucking of MAN Truck & Bus, DB Schenker and Hochschule Fresenius.
The three companies receive funding from the federal ministry for their joint deployment of a freight truck network in convoys, the so- Floring. The project will be funded for 20 months – from June this year to January 2019. Initially, partners will test convoy trucks in their daily work on a digital test section of the A9 motorway for several months to analyze the possibility of Practical application. The next stage will be the real-time test as part of the logistics work between DB Schenker’s offices in Munich and Nuremberg to analyze system safety in real-world situations on the road. This phase is also aimed at exploring the potential effects of the new technology on the occupation of the driver.
The total amount of funding will be distributed among the project partners according to their budget needs. The co-ordinator of the entire project will be DB Schenker. For the purpose of the project, MAN Truck & Bus will prepare modern test vehicles.
“We are extremely pleased that we have received funding for this important project that allows MAN and our partners to test the project of running lorries in convoys for several months in real day-to-day logistics operations with professional drivers,” said Joachim Drees, MAN Truck & Bus and MAN SE.
In the beginning, trucks will not carry a load while analyzing driving conditions in daily traffic and training their drivers. In 2018 there should be up to three courses a day with real loads. The third participant in the project, Hochschule Fresenius, will explore the new technology for how it affects the drivers of this type of truck with a focus on the neurophysiological and psychosocial impact on them.