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Hutchison Ports Thailand introduces autonomous truck technology

Hutchison Ports Thailand has become the first port operator in Thailand to introduce autonomous truck technology to its operations at its Terminal D facility at Laem Chabang Port.

The port operator said the autonomous truck technology is one of the key innovations that will transform Terminal D into a ‘smart port’.

Six electric Qomolo trucks, also known as Q-Truck, arrived at Terminal D from Shanghai, China on 26 April, with the testing phase set to run for one year.

During this period, the trucks will be integrated with the existing conventional fleet of trucks to transfer containers between the quay and the yard.

“The autonomous ‘Q-Truck’ utilise the latest technology and innovation and are part of our ongoing plan to transform Terminal D into the most technologically advanced and efficient container terminal in the region,” said Stephen Ashworth, managing director of Hutchison Ports for Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Equipped with advanced AI machine-learning technology and wireless charging system, the Q-Truck can operate non-stop for more than 24 hours. The trucks utilise light detection and range technology to detect and survey its surroundings in all directors, generating precise 3D map to enable it to accurately analyse and avoid obstacles and collisions.

The operation of the trucks will be integrated into – and controlled by – Hutchison Ports’ Next Generation Terminal Management System (nGen), which works in conjunction with other innovations – such as remote controlled-cranes – to plan transportation routes, manage operation time schedules and arrival patterns.

“The Q-Truck continues to push the envelope for port innovation and along with our other already and soon-to-be implemented innovations, such as remote controlled crane-technology, online e-tracking services, gate automation and blockchain technology, we are rapidly approaching our goal of becoming the nation’s first fully-developed ‘smart port,” Ashworth said.

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