From January to June 2022, the Kieserling Foundation has been funding a short study on concepts examining the use of truck platoons in seaport hinterland traffic, which was commissioned to ISL. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of implementing truck platoons within German seaports, taking Bremerhaven as an example.
"Real" platoons, which are navigated by only one driver sitting in the first truck, must already be resolved before the terminal (e.g. on a possible pre-storage area). This means that for each truck, additional drivers would be needed in order to access their individual gate at the seaport. The same applies to the compilation of platoons.
Overall, the automation of processes within logistics chains has a significant potential for innovating the transport and logistics industry.
In the project, a literature analysis was carried out on the technical status quo of truck platooning. In addition, four selected stakeholders from the port industry in Bremerhaven were interviewed in person to analyse the requirements and processes. Initial concepts for implementation were developed by ISL and basic processes in port access were modelled using BPMN.
This short study serves as a basis for further future research on the topic of truck platooning.