The first autonomous 40 tonne truck, powered by 5G, has recently undergone initial testing in Sunderland. This new era of automated, zero-emission HGVs could be a turning point for sustainability and efficiency in the logistics industry says manual handling expert, Midland Pallet Trucks.
The arrival of this new generation of trucks, which comes as part of the 5G Connected and Automated Logistics (CAL) project, is the first of its kind in the UK to introduce zero-emission, automated vehicles to the logistics sector. Using next-generation technology, the trucks will allow drivers to switch between autonomous operation and remote driver controls while on the road.
According to Midland Pallet Trucks, a top supplier of hand pallet trucks, lift tables, and manual stacker trucks this new technology comes at a time when the logistics industry is in serious need of innovation. After a gruelling couple of years throughout the pandemic, and increased pressure because of the Ecommerce boom, technology that boosts efficiency in the sector will be extremely well-received.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Midland Pallet Trucks says, “Our customers at Midland Pallet Trucks operate in the logistics industry and are sure to welcome any new technological changes that make their operations easier. Automated, zero-emission vehicles will deliver an efficient and sustainable alternative to delivering goods. Combined with top-quality manual handling equipment, these changes really signal a new era for our industry.”
Midland Pallet Trucks is dedicated to help speed up and facilitate work within warehouses by providing durable, long-lasting manual handling equipment to their network of UK warehouse managers. By speeding up order picking, loading goods onto vehicles, and moving product across the warehouse floor, managers can enjoy a range of cost- and time-saving benefits.
The right equipment, and effective technology that is being displayed in this new generation of vehicles will be instrumental in pulling the logistics industry out of its current state. They will give rise to a variety of profitable commercial opportunities, and help more companies meet the changing demands of their customers.