MEMBERS of the Melbourne logistics community got a first-hand look at a new automated vehicle this week, when it arrived for trials at Webb Dock.
The Easymile EZ10 vehicle is being trialed by Melbourne International Ro-Ro and Automotive Terminal (MIRRAT).
The unit can carry 14 people and those on the vehicle got a feel for its steering and braking capabilities.
MIRRAT head of commercial and stakeholder management Jed Smith said they partnered with Easymile with the aim of “better understanding the technology, how it works, how it performs in a dynamic environment such as the MIRRAT yard and how can we design our yard infrastructure to cater for these types of vehicles in the future”.
“The real benefit of these trials for us is to gain some exposure to this technology and begin building our knowledge on how it works and what are its requirements,” Mr Smith said.
The unit and the Easymile team arrived onsite on 5 June for three days of tests.
“Safety is where we can see this technology providing benefit, we have a lot of people moving around site in various modes of transportation, deploying this type of technology could help manage this traffic in a consolidated way,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said such automated technology remained in the “very early days for us”.
“The trials this week are our first exposure to this technology, the hope is the learnings we make this week will begin to answer some of our questions and form the base for future decision making.”