The successful trial runs of a new automated driverless container truck operating on a 5G platform illustrated yet again the opportunities for port automation.
The successful trial runs of a new automated driverless
container truck operating on a 5G platform illustrated yet again the
opportunities for port automation. The
technology, which is being developed jointly by Cosco Shipping Ports Limited,
Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co., and China Mobile (Shanghai) Information
Communication Technology Co., was demonstrated during a video conference the
partners presented on 5G smart ports.
Although ports have adopted automation more slowly than
comparable sectors, according to a 2018 report from the management consulting
firm McKinsey and Company, port automation continues to be one of the key areas
of focus for the shipping industry. The worldwide market for container port
automation is projected to grow by $2.5 billion according to a report released
by Global Industry Analysts in January 2020.
Attendees at the conference hosted by Cosco and its partners
witnessed as a fully automated truck successfully maneuvered around the Xiamen
Ocean Gate Terminal in China, accurately positioning with a cargo crane, and
loaded and unloaded containers aboard the vessel Cosco Shipping Rose.
According to the partners, the successful operation of the
5G smart port marked its advancement from the experimental stage into
implementation. They believe it also demonstrated the potential 5G technology
would inject into port automation and would promote the intelligent upgrading
and transformation of ports.
Cosco Shipping Ports, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle, and China
Mobile also signed a Letter of Intent for extending the application of the 5G+
smart port. They jointly issued an Implementation Plan and Roadmap For 5G Smart
Ports that sets out the definition and vision of 5G smart port construction.
They also detailed business scenarios constructing 5G private networks in ports
that combine with technologies such as edge computing, high-precision positioning,
artificial intelligence, and computer vision.
By 2025, the goal is to establish an intelligent system with
comprehensive perception, ubiquitous interconnection, and port-vehicle
collaboration for the Xiamen container port.