Terberg Tractors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (TTM), a well-known local manufacturer of container terminal tractors, has collaborated with Aidrivers, a key player in AI-enabled autonomous mobility solutions, Aidrivers since 2019. Their shared goal is to bring autonomous transportation into the logistics industry and address its pressing needs.
The strategic partnership between TTM, Aidrivers, the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and Hamburg Port Consulting has led to the successful development of autonomous tractors poised to revolutionise the logistics industry.
They have developed a Terberg YT223-T3 terminal tractor with an innovative in-design drive-by-wire system that seamlessly integrates with Aidrivers’ autonomous ecosystem. This ecosystem comprises a fully autonomous navigator, a V2X-enabled operator, and an autonomous simulator.
To navigate diverse traffic, environmental, and weather conditions, TTM’s multisensory system employs 3D lidars, radars, and vision camera sensors, allowing the diesel-powered truck to perform effectively.
The pilot project began in October of the previous year in Johor, an actual port setting. The aim is to showcase its efficacy in regular port tasks, particularly within a mixed-traffic container terminal.
The AI-powered tractors seamlessly integrate with Terminal Operating Systems (TOS), receiving dispatch jobs just like conventional vehicles and equipment in a port’s container terminal setup. These autonomous tractors can operate alongside other vehicles and machinery within a port’s mixed traffic without requiring procedural, environmental, or infrastructure adjustments.
Boo Wei Ching, CEO of Terberg Tractors Malaysia, highlighted that TTM’s Drive-by-Wire Prime Mover with its advanced autonomous navigation stack significantly contributes to future-proof, effective, sustainable, and resilient terminal operations. It stands to enhance port efficiency, safety, and profitability.
Furthermore, Dr Rafiq Swash, Founder and CEO of Aidrivers, underlined the ultimate goal of this solution which is delivering higher productivity, efficiency, improved safety, lower emissions, and resilience, which are essential for a sustainable future.
“A viable autonomous truck capable of autonomous driving in ‘mixed-traffic mode’ operation would substantially reduce the dependency and increase the operational resilience required to meet global supply chain needs,” he said.
With a strong presence across the APAC region, TTM has solidified its global leadership in providing reliable tractors to the logistics sector. Since its establishment in 2005, TTM has sold over six thousand tractors.