A consortium led by EasyMile has submitted a funding application to bring autonomous vehicles to the logistics sector.
The funding application was sent to the European Commission to deploy connected and automated freight transportation in Europe and across the world.
The consortium is looking to develop and demonstrate autonomous heavy-duty vehicles in all weather conditions.
EasyMile will provide autonomous technology, work with heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, Tier 1 and 2 technology providers, end-users and logistics operators.
Benoit Perrin, managing director and COO of EasyMile, said, “Autonomous driving has the potential to revolutionize heavy-duty freight operations, making them more efficient and flexible. With our partners, the project will make the promise of driverless solutions a reality by addressing challenges such as harsh weather operations which are essential to real-world full-scale freight operations.”
The project sets out to increase safety and efficiency of freight operations in confined areas and in mixed traffic through connected and automated systems.
It will demonstrate new business models and reduce operation and supply chain costs, improving the competitiveness of the European transportation and logistics industry.
If funding is awarded, the project will be rolled out over three years from 2021.