More electric semi-trailer trucks head to AB InBev brewery in South Africa
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has commissioned five more performance-based standards (PBS) smart trucks for brewer AB InBev, as part of the national smart trucks pilot programme.
The pilot project was introduced by the CSIR with support from the Department of Transport, as a subset of the Road Transport Management System (RTMS), to increase heavy vehicle safety and road transportation efficiency in SA.
While they are not driverless, the hydrogen-electric semi-trailer trucks are equipped with semi-autonomous technology, including enhanced autopilot, automated braking and lane departure warnings, designed to enable crash prevention, enable safety, mobility and environmental benefits. Some are equipped with continuous real-time connectivity to all system users, notes the CSIR.
There are currently 25 PBS operations across SA, representing 270 PBS trucks which operate within large local transport companies such as SG Coal, Super Group, Unitrans, Buscor and Barloworld Logistics.
Since the inception of the pilot project, the council says companies have reported a 39% reduction in crashes, and an average 12% reduction in fuel consumption; and as a result of increased payload efficiency, the companies have also seen a significant reduction in trips per year.
See https://www.itweb.co.za/content/KWEBb7yaVeV7mRjO and about the purchase of the trucks at https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/3031755/brewing-giant-ab-inbev-orders-in-800-hydrogen-electric-trucks
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The CSIR commissions additional trucks with semi-autonomous tech, including enhanced autopilot, automated braking and lane departure warnings.