The technology company Continental has developed an AI-based solution for calculating the available cargo space in trucks, semi-trailers and trailers. Drivers, ramp agents and fleet managers can use the solution by clicking a photo of the cargo area in the truck. The photo is then uploaded to the Continental Cloud, where all the calculation takes place. The fleet manager can then optimally coordinate additional loads using the data on the available loading weight.
The system provides the fleet managers via smartphone with precise digital information on how much cargo can still be loaded. The company, addressing the media via a virtual meeting, noted that the AI used in the solution would improve with time.
The system with AI can also be trained to work with last-mile delivery vehicles like two and three-wheelers noted the company while answering a question from the Mobility Outlook team. Dispatch tasks can be optimised, and routes with reduced loads can be avoided when used together with the relevant weight data from the smart tachograph or the fleet management system interface.
The primary aim of the solution is to help increase the number of trips with full capacity utilisation, noted Dr Ismail Dagli, Head of the business area Smart Mobility at Continental. He said, “Our solution not only supports fleet managers in optimally utilising their transport capacities to make their fleets more efficient, it also saves fuel and reduces carbon emissions, actively contributing to greater sustainability in logistics.”
The commercialisation of the technology has not been done yet, and Continental expects the solution to hit the markets some time from now.