A Chinese-made self-driving container straddle carrier, said to be
the first of its kind in the world, is now undergoing testing at a port
in Shanghai, reports China Central Television.
A container straddle carrier is a freight carrying vehicle that
carries its load underneath. It's used mostly in terminal ports for
stacking and moving ISO standard containers.
The self-driving container straddle carrier being tested in Shanghai
has been jointly developed by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry and
Technician Zhang Bo says the self-driving straddle carrier is
equipped with six cameras and millimeter-wave radar which act as the
"eyes" of the machine.
"The automated straddle carrier is safer, and can operate 24 hours
each day, and increases the operation efficiency of ports by 50
percent," said Zhang.
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry hopes to have the new self-driving
straddle carrier in operation by June. The company hopes to have a full
fleet operational by the end of this year.