April 26th, 2020; Hutchison Ports Thailand’s Terminal D took a major step on their journey towards becoming a “smart port” by welcoming 6 Autonomous ‘Q-Trucks’ for a test run at Terminal D.

Equipped with advanced AI machine-learning technology and a wireless charging system, the Q Trucks are able to operate non-stop for more than 24 hours. The trucks utilize the advanced ‘LiDAR’ light detection and range technology, through which it can instantaneously (and accurately) detect and survey its surroundings in all directions, generating a precise, internal 3D map, enabling it to accurately analyze and avoid obstacles and collisions.

The operation of the trucks will be integrated into – and controlled by – Hutchison Ports’ Next Generation Terminal Management System (nGen), which works in conjunction with other innovations such as remote controlled-cranes, to plan transportation routes and manage operation time schedules, as well as arrival patterns.

“The autonomous ‘Q-Trucks’ utilize the latest technology and innovations and are part of our ongoing plan to transform Terminal D into the most technologically advanced and efficient container terminal in the region. The Q Truck continues to push the envelope for port innovation and along with our other already and soon-to-be-implemented innovations, such as remote-controlled crane-technology, online e-tracking services, gate automation, and blockchain technology, we are rapidly approaching our goal of becoming the nation’s first fully-developed ‘smart port.” Mr. Stephen Ashworth, Managing Director – Thailand & South East Asia of Hutchison Ports, said