UD Trucks, a part of Volvo Group, has launched “Fujin & Raijin. Vision 2030”, an innovation roadmap which aims to deliver a variety of solutions for smart logistics, including fully electric and autonomous trucks towards 2030.
The roadmap focuses on the key areas of automation and electromobility to address the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. True to UD Trucks’ vision to provide the trucks the world needs today, the innovation roadmap offers commercialised solutions of selected automation and electromobility applications from 2020 with a view toward fully-fledged commercialisation by 2030 with a step-by-step approach together with customers.
By 2030, demand for parcel delivery is expected to grow 50% compared to 2014. To meet this demand, the logistics industry faces significant challenges, including a responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions, the growing scale of online commerce, and driver shortages. UD Trucks believes that transformative innovations in automation and electromobility are key to overcoming these challenges and providing customers with the trucks that fit their needs.
UD Trucks is committed developing smarter logistics solutions in these key areas, enabled by advances in connectivity and digitalisation.
Over the course of 2018, UD Trucks will conduct demonstrations of autonomous driving and electric drive prototypes, targeting field tests and customer trials ahead of Tokyo Motor Show 2019. It aims to have vehicles in actual daily operation by the year 2020. All activities will be conducted with a view toward full-fledged commercialisation of fully-electric and autonomous by 2030.
Step by step together with customers, UD Trucks delivers solutions for Smart Logistics.
UD Trucks is now focusing on solutions for safe, low-speed automation in confined areas, including in-plant and harbor logistics. It is also exploring on-road Highway Auto Pilot and CACC (Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control) platooning technologies in the near term, and more highly-automated on-road vehicles in the long term.
UD Trucks is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products. UD Trucks is now developing technologies necessary to create silent, zero-emission vehicles that maximise energy efficiency, payload capacity and mileage. As battery systems continue to evolve, UD Trucks is testing a variety of solutions, including battery EV, parallel HEV and Series HEV.
Connectivity and digitalisation
Connectivity through digitalisation is the enabler of both automation and electromobility. UD Trucks has around 45,000 vehicles connected in Japan through the UD Information Service, which uses data collected from each vehicle to help improve uptime. By analysing digital data collected from customer driving behaviour, UD Trucks also gains insight on how to design even safer and more dependable trucks.