Mawan is testing several autonomous trucks, including a new machine that uses “digital perception radar” for navigation.
Texas-based Uhnder, Inc. and the Yunshan Technology Company Ltd From Santa Clara, California have announced the deployment of an autonomous truck at China Merchants Port’s (CMPort) terminal in Mawan at the Port of Shenzhen.
Uhnder specialises in digital imaging radar technologies for automotive and logistics mobility applications. Yunshan Technologies Ltd. is a systems integrator of industrial and vehicle millimetre wave radar products and autonomous driving systems.
The truck is an autonomous vehicle, and Uhnder said CM Ports is deploying “a fleet of autonomous trucks operating at its Mawan Smart Port in Shenzhen”.
At this point is not known which company supplied the autonomous tractor pictured above. However, there are other autonomous trucks from BYD being tested at Mawan (pictured right). In January BYD Automobile Industry Co. signed a strategic agreement with “Fujian Zhongke Yunshan Information Technology Co., Ltd”, also a developer of millimetre-wave radar products, to cooperate in several areas, including smart ports. Under the cooperation agreement Zhongke Yunshan purchased 18 BYD electric tractors to be used as “intelligent driving vehicles and put into relevant port operations” and the two companies agreed to cooperate on further developments.
“Smart port development is of key importance for CMPort,” said Wang Pei, CEO of China Merchants International Technology Limited, a subsidiary of CMPort specializing in port, terminal, and logistics technology solutions that leads the Mawan Smart Port project. “We are deploying the newest digital radar sensing technologies in our fleet of autonomous trucks to enable efficient and safe operation, even in extremely challenging conditions due to rain, fog, or dust.”
Uhnder said its digital perception radar solution provides positioning accuracy to within five centimetres. “Uhnder’s digital perception radar technology enables a large number of co-located radars operating within the industrial port to co-exist reliably. This is a challenge that analog radar solutions have not been able to meet. Uhnder’s digital radar reduces cost of operations and increases safety, both of which are essential for ports to process an increasing number of containers efficiently,” the company stated.
Christopher Pan, CEO and founder of Yunshan, said, “We designed a perception strategy based on radar output and real-time moving target identification and classification for various bad weather and low-light conditions. For the first time, we truly achieved all-weather, all-condition operation of the vehicles, greatly improving efficiencies in the port environment.”
The system includes Uhnder’s “digital perception radar solution”, which “generates a rich 4D point cloud with the ability to detect and track thousands of objects. The Uhnder digital radar high contrast resolution capability enables perception solutions to clearly identify closely spaced objects common in the port setting, for example, a worker next to a container. The sensor solution uses a digital code modulation that results in best-in-class interference immunity performance,” Uhnder sated.
“Uhnder is focused on the logistics mobility market, and shipping port automation is one of the early adoption use cases of digital radar technology,” said David Loadman, VP Business Development, Uhnder. “The exceptional results we expect to see from the partnership with Yunshan will demonstrate how Uhnder digital radar technology can accelerate smart port automation.”