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A driverless forklift truck and mobile load-carrying robots that use artificial intelligence-aided vision have been put to work in European warehouses by global logistics service provider DB Schenker. Following a successful trial it’s introduced an autonomous forklift truck supplied by Austrian company AGILOX into fulltime operation. The automated guided vehicle (AGV) transports empty containers around 150 metres in a warehouse near Munich – a job previously done by a manually operated forklift. The AGILOX has a height-adjustable fork that can be used to lift and lower containers, removing the need for any manual involvement in loading or unloading. It is capable of ..
NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2020

New Zealand-developed vertical container lifts are winning recognition as a viable alternative to traditional container handling equipment, their maker claims. BISON C-Lifts are now operating in over 20 countries, according to CEO Greg Fahey – the portable jacks “emerging as viable container lifting equipment – challenging the mid-range container handling market… “Companies are realising that in many cases, a vertical lifting container system is a superior solution to traditional container handling equipment,” says Fahey. “Previously, the only options were capital-intensive pieces of equipment, or at a pinch, hiring a crane. Given the siz..
NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2020

Global logistics giant UPS has invested in electric vehicle startup Arrival – the deal accompanied by an order for 10,000 electric delivery vans. But, remarkably, that order has been dwarfed by a similar arrangement that global online retailer and tech company Amazon has struck with another EV startup, Rivian. Amazon – one of a number of investors, including Ford, who together have ploughed $US2.8billion into Rivian in the past 12 months – wants the company to build it a staggering 100,000 electric delivery vans! And that, Amazon says, is the world’s single biggest EV purchase. In both cases, the EV makers are working closely with their investor customer..
NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2020

New Zealand’s Southpac Trucks has beaten over 25 Australasian dealers to claim the Kenworth Service Dealer of the Year award. The award recognises the dealership with the highest ranking across five main areas – technician training, tooling and dealership investment, Kenworth owner survey results and the dealership’s commitment to longterm customer support strategies. PACCAR Australia national service manager Ryan Hooper congratulated Southpac for its “professionalism, outstanding customer support and for setting a strong example for other dealers to strive for.” Added Hooper: “Southpac again has focused on the most important factor in the bus..
NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2020

Suddenly, there’s a race to get heavy-duty battery electric trucks onto the United States market – with Volvo Trucks and PACCAR unveiling electric models. Daimler Trucks North America has led the way, with pre-production versions of its HD Freightliner eCascadia in daily work in two fleets since last August. It aims to have the eCascadia in production next year. Now Volvo Trucks has shown off an electric version of its North American bonneted VNR HD model, and says pre-production versions will soon go to work in Californian trucking companies.…and it will go on the market late this year. While PACCAR has revealed that it’s working with Meritor to produce ..
NZ Truck & Driver News - March 2020

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