There is also added value for teleoperation in logistics. Driverless vehicles are already being used in isolated cases in closed operating facilities. In a complex environment, however, they are often unable to cope with independent driving and handling tasks. That’s why logistics service provider DB Schenker, together with Munich-based startup Fernride, conducted a case study to investigate the use of a teleoperated transfer vehicle in yard logistics. The teleoperator and vehicle apparently performed very well when working with swap bodies – DB Schenker now says that teleoperation is a first step toward greater automation of its depots.
In North America, Einride is looking for professional teleriders for the pods
Freight technology company Einride has had their eye on teleoperation for some time. The Swedes plan to soon send out a fleet of their automated cabless trucks (pods) to transport goods in Austin, North America. The company’s first official teledriver is ex-trucker Tiffany Heathcott, who went through a specially designed training program last year. However, Einride isn’t aiming for steering by remote control on a permanent level – ultimately, the pods are supposed to find their own way. The teledriver’s core task is to monitor and assist the trucks in carrying out their transports. In a sense, the teledriver functions as a Plan B – and would have enough time to take several driverless trucks under her wing at the same time during a shift. In Germany, too, driverless vehicles are ready to roll at transport companies and in local public transport. However, Tiffany Heathcott would not get the job if she applied to become a teledriver. Neither the Autonomous Driving Act of July 12, 2021, nor the “Regulation for the Operation of Motor Vehicles with Automated and Autonomous Driving Functions and for Amending Road Traffic Regulations” of July 1, 2022, provide for direct teleoperated remote control.