Testing driverless heavy-duty vehicles in adverse weather conditions
The All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations (AWARD) project aims to accelerate the deployment of connected and automated freight transport solutions across Europe. To this end, trial operations will be conducted in adverse weather conditions, in both closed areas and mixed traffic, to assess the safety and efficiency of automated commercial freight operations.
IRU will take the lead in identifying market opportunities, defining new business models and analysing regulatory frameworks. These three areas will be essential for the deployment of driverless heavy-duty vehicles.
Drawing on its vast network of freight transport members and extensive industry expertise, IRU will provide valuable insights on users’ needs. This is particularly important to ensure the successful market penetration of automated heavy-duty vehicles. IRU will also support AWARD’s dissemination and communication efforts by engaging with its member associations and facilitating the transfer of knowledge from the project to the industry.
AWARD will pave the way for the rollout of driverless heavy-duty vehicles for a wide variety of uses. The project will demonstrate the real-world application of autonomous driving solutions in all types of adverse weather conditions, including heavy rain, snowfall and fog. AWARD will also provide comprehensive recommendations on how to successfully bring driverless heavy-duty vehicles to market.