Your new vehicle was likely moved about 25 times manually before it reached you. Now technology has been developed to enable cars to be transported through the logistics chain without a driver. The system was developed by Semcon in collaboration with seven other companies as part of the Swedish research project Born to Drive.
The software solution is designed to steer vehicles from the production line out to a collection point to await further transport. But the system can be evolved to streamline other parts of the logistics chain, such as moving the vehicles onto trucks, trains or ships. The new software works with the sensors that already exist in today’s vehicles, which means that no extra hardware is needed. The system also controls the entire logistics flow and keeps track of the cars’ locations and fuel levels.
“What makes Born to Drive unique is that it is entirely a software solution,” says Johan Isacson, Project Manager for Born to Drive. “This makes the system both cost-efficient and scalable. Since there is already a working prototype, the system could be implemented within just a few years.”
The project was carried out in collaboration between Actia, Combitech, Consat, RISE Viktoria, Semcon, Trafikverket, Volvo Car Corporation and VTI.