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DB Schenker unveils autonomous lorry at Transport Logistic

Steve Rogerson
June 4, 2019



At this week’s Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich, DB Schenker is presenting what it says is the world's first autonomous electric lorry, the T-Pod. The vehicle was developed in cooperation with Einride, a Swedish start-up.
 
The lorry, it says, is the world’s first approved for commercial use on public roads.
 
DB Schenker is also making B2B logistics easier with a digital booking platform called Connect 4.0. The platform lets users price, order and track consignments online.
 
And ProGlove, a scanning glove, is changing work in large warehouses, making scanning goods faster, easier and more reliable. And, thanks to gamification, employee training is becoming more exciting and targeted.
 
As well as DB Schenker, Deutsche Bahn is represented by DB Cargo, DB Netz, DB Energie and DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung.
 
"DB will present digital developments and a wide range of innovations at the largest international trade fair in the industry," said Alexander Doll, member of DB’s management board. "We want to be a reliable partner for our customers in the logistics, freight transport and infrastructure segments now and in the future. We have set out to implement new ideas and innovative technology to become better, day after day."
 
A miniature railway on the DB Cargo stand is demonstrating what smart freight cars equipped with sensors can do for its customers. The Link2Rail platform is also making its trade fair debut on DB Cargo's stand.
 
Visitors are getting a behind-the-scenes look at this online portal, which aims to improve communications. The platform is gradually being expanded to include more services and features.
 
In addition, experts from the different industries are sharing information about the many different transport products and services offered. Anything is possible by rail – from customised, multimodal door-to-door services to rail links to China.
 
An interactive network map on the stand is showing the advantages of the European freight railroad and DB Cargo’s business activities in 17 countries. Visitors can see how serious DB Cargo is about pursuing its modernisation course as part of its agenda for better rail at the outdoor exhibition area, where the Vectron MS multisystem locomotive is on display.
 
Eighty of these locomotives are already in use, with 20 more on the way by the end of the year. Two freight cars – a multifunction flat car and a double-decker autorack car – are among the highlights.
 
DB Netz and its co-exhibitors, Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene-Straße (DUSS) and DB Energie, are showing off the new and the familiar at transport logistic. Their stand is covering a diverse range of topics, including core track and asset products, capacitive improvements to the network, digital applications for sales, timetable planning and more.
 
This year, DB Netz's trade fair appearance is tailored more specifically to the needs of rail companies. Open expert talks are being held during the entire trade fair, where managers and experts are explaining hot topics such as digital infrastructure development and refurbishment of high-speed lines.
 
DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung (DB FZI), DB's heavy maintenance provider, is showcasing innovations such as Tag4Trace, a product that enables seamless tracing of vehicles and components. Its online platform eService and its resale site for spare parts and rail vehicles dbresale.com are also featured.
 
On the stand is a 3D printing process, which can make spare parts available more quickly. The outdoor track exhibits are giving visitors insights into energy-efficient modernisation of a switching locomotive from the Hybrid Electronic Mechanical Shunter (Helms) project.