"Our concept also incorporates the carrier's logistics infrastructure. This means that we have a major part of the logistics chain in view", says Mark Mohr, who is responsible for developing driver assist systems for commercial vehicles at ZF. This starts at the loading stage. Smart tags can be attached to the cargo containers while they are on the truck. They provide digital information concerning the stock including, for example, whether the cargo has been damaged during transit due to strong vibrations or an interruption of the cold chain. Radio data transmission from the smart tags directly into the merchandise management system may even render the now commonplace freight documents superfluous.
ZF also has another innovative vehicle capable of maneuvering autonomously, the Terminal Yard Tractor. It picks up trailers and moves them reliably from place to place. And it can work all day, every day – even 24/7 if necessary – without any sign of fatigue. For large container terminals and logistics centers in particular, this kind of smart logistics solution will soon provide a payback.