Automated transport – in the form of MAN Trucks – are to help revolutionise a distribution hub in Ulm Dornstadt, Germany.

Automated trucks will run as part of the ANITA project, which covers autonomous vehicle operations at terminals.

As a result, transport operations at the site will be more efficient and flexible.

MAN Trucks is working with a number of other parties on the project.

For example, Fresenius University has undertaken analysis of a platform for autonomous hub-to-hub transport.

Meanwhile, Götting KG will work with MAN on vehicle development.

Subsequently, DB Intermodal Services’ container depot and the DUSS terminal will benefit.


Therefore, the groundwork has been done to ensure that automated transport at the site will be safe and legal.

Scientists worked with MAN to study the behaviour of people and machines.

Therefore, they could get an understanding of how to convert them into logistical processes.

MAN’s Andreas Zimmermann explained the process.

“To use autonomous trucks in logistical processes, it is important to understand the typical operational requirements. 

In addition, Zimmerman said the team needed to consider the interfaces at an early stage. 

“That is why we consistently focus on the specific practical relevance and logistical and scientific expertise in our autonomous driving projects. 

“As such, the fundamental work of Fresenius University is very important to us,” he added.

Meanwhile, the process analysis stage has now been completed in Ulm.

Therefore, the transfer to mission planning software can now take place. 

The results of the analysis will be incorporated into the development process for the autonomous transport. 

MAN is responsible for this stage in cooperation with Götting. 

Once the development and implementation phase is complete, the mission planning software and the truck will be tested in real-life operations in Ulm. 

Importantly, a safety driver will be on board at all times.