Tested by two major logistics and e-commerce players in the United States and Europe mid-2021
GAUSSIN presents “Zero-emission Yard Automation”, its new hydrogen- powered autonomous tractor equipped with a robotic arm and intended for major players in logistics and e-commerce.
This disruptive technology developed at the request of different customers will be tested by two major logistics and e-commerce players in the United States and Europe mid-2021.
A turnkey, zero-emission solution to improve process efficiency, productivity and safety in logistics centers
The large logistics centers of the retail or e-commerce industries receive tens of thousands of trucks a year and are subject to very fast processes.
To guarantee delivery to a customer within 24 hours or just-in-time in a store, logistics operators must implement reliable processes and technologies with a very high level of productivity.
This means that the organization around the logistics center must be as efficient as the tried-and- tested sorting systems inside the warehouse.
To meet the demand of logistics players for automated and environmentally friendly solutions, GAUSSIN has developed a turnkey solution for the movement of trailers, semi-trailers and swap bodies between the equipment parking areas and the docks.
A combination of technologies that redefine the nature of the yard tractor
GAUSSIN’s new “Zero Emission Yard Automation” solution is based on:
- The ATM and TSBM hydrogen-powered vehicle platforms already deployed in electric version at 40 sites.
- GAUSSIN’s autonomous navigation technology, which enables vehicles to locate themselves, understand their environment and adapt their driving in complete safety according to events on their route.
- A fleet supervision and orchestration software to receive mission orders from the logistics operator and dispatch them optimally to each vehicle.
- A vehicle-mounted robotic arm that enables the connection and disconnection of air and electrical connectors linking the trailer and tractor. The robotic arm uses its cameras to automatically recognize the connector types and the associated connection maneuver to perform this key function of the yard operations.
Tests in real operations planned mid-2021 at two major e-commerce and logistics companies
Real-world trials of the turnkey solution are planned at two major e-commerce and logistics operators in the United States and Europe. The objective of these tests is to confirm the performance of the system in the configuration of the customer sites and to plan a commercial deployment before the end of 2021.