Hödlmayr: Reinvestment in autonomous driving

By the summer of 2022, the complete expansion of the test track at DigiTrans in St. Valentin into a test centre for automated vehicles should be complete.

As a shareholder of DigiTrans, the company that works on the automation of freight traffic with the involvement of the industry, Hödlmayr very early assumed an active role in the further development of autonomous transport. A new milestone will soon be laid with the test operations of an autonomous truck. By bringing in the truck, Hödlmayr is making a significant contribution to this project. “For us, the involvement in DigiTrans offers great possibilities in multiple respects. We have already been able to successfully research and clearly confirm fuel savings through slipstream effects in the area of platooning, thanks to comprehensive simulations. The forthcoming real operation on the test track with a flexible-use autonomous truck enables us to gain additional central insights and experiences in practice with the new technology of autonomous transport”, says Hödlmayr project director Markus Formann. The vehicle introduced by Hödlmayr will be delivered in the first quarter of next year. The conversion to an autonomous truck will then occur during 2022.

Test operations commence in 2022
By the summer of 2022, the complete expansion of the test track at DigiTrans in St. Valentin into a test centre for automated vehicles should be complete. In the autumn of 2021, part of the expansion will be complete with phase one, the expansion of the asphalt surfaces. In phase two, in the autumn of next year, additional test areas for commercial vehicles will be available. Such as a “hub zone” as well as a “city zone” where the autonomous truck will be thoroughly put through its paces. Loading ramps and entry gates will be some of the standard test elements. “One of the goals is to try our various docking manoeuvres with automated transport vehicles. And the sensors and cameras of the automated vehicles will also learn how to deal with difficult weather conditions on the test track. We are building our own outdoor sprinkler system for this. The test track will also create a base for certification and enable the vehicles to be integrated into real traffic as soon as possible”, says DigiTrans managing director Eva Taschl-Unterberger, as a perspective on the coming year.

Photo: DigiTrans


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