Hutchison Ports uses autonomous trucks in smart terminal transformation

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Hutchison Ports Thailand has said it has taken a major step towards transforming the Laem Chabang Port into a ‘smart port’ after it took delivery of six autonomous trucks.

In a statement, Hutchison Port Thailand said the Qomolo trucks (Q-Trucks) trucks were delivered to its operations at the Port’s Terminal D from Shanghai in 26 April.

Additionally, the trucks will be tested for a period of up to one year. They are equipped with a smart operating system, which includes an advanced AI machine-learning technology and a wireless charging system and ‘LiDAR’ light detection and range technology

They are also fully powered by electricity and can operate non-stop for more than 24 hours.

Stephen Ashworth, managing director, Thailand & South East Asia of Hutchison Ports, was quoted as saying: “The autonomous ‘Q-Trucks’ 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.

“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’.”

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