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In times like the present, occupational health and safety are more important than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a drastic reminder of the need to focus on this area and has forced us to come up with pragmatic solutions. MAN is making an active contribution to preventing infections both in-house and together with its customers. Safety also plays a key role in autonomous driving. Ultimately, automated driving systems are a central pillar in the move toward lower-risk and more efficient road traffic and freight transportation. MAN is using fully automated trucks in several pilot projects to test how autonomous driving could become part of everyday life.

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Occupational health and safety management
Occupational health
and safety management
MAKING IT THROUGH
THE PANDEMIC TOGETHER
MAKING IT THROUGH
THE PANDEMIC TOGETHER

The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing people and companies to their limits and calls for pragmatic solutions and collaborative action. MAN is making an active contribution to combating the crisis — both in-house and together with its customers.

First and foremost, effective infection protection at MAN sites has been at the forefront of crisis management since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020. All sites have implemented systematic measures to reduce infection risks. The measures are not restricted to physical distancing and hygiene rules, but primarily involve moves to expand the use of working from home on a huge scale. MAN’s prevention work also focuses on testing its employees. In addition to the existing strategy for testing conducted by the company's medical service, MAN has been offering its employees self-tests since April 2021.

These complement the tests performed by the company's medical service — which include both PCR and lateral flow tests — as part of a comprehensive testing concept for suspected cases and in the event of COVID-19 infections in the workforce, with the aim to break infection chains at an early stage. Preparations for a vaccination program are also underway.

In order to also make city buses, intercity buses, and coaches as safe as possible in times of COVID-19, MAN has been offering its customers antiviral interior air filters that actively protect against the transmission of viruses by reducing the concentration of aerosols to a minimum since April 2021. They are available for all new MAN and NEOPLAN buses as optional equipment ex works, or as a retrofit solution via the MAN service network for vehicles that are already in use.

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Autonomous driving
TOWARD AN AUTOMATED
FUTURE
TOWARD AN AUTOMATED
FUTURE

Autonomous driving opens up new prospects for society and the economy. It allows transportation routes and vehicles to be used more efficiently and takes the strain off human drivers — taking them out of the equation as a risk factor. This has the potential to allow us to better manage challenges such as the increasing shortage of drivers, time pressure for deliveries, and growing volumes of traffic.

MAN, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, and the freight forwarder Jakob Weets are testing how the future of logistics can already be applied to everyday life as part of their Hamburg TruckPilot project. Up until 2021, the partners will be testing options for automation solutions in road transportation. The practical phase has been ongoing since July 2020,

with two fully automated MAN trucks operating in a customer-relevant application context on a test route spanning more than 70 kilometers. A safety driver is present in the vehicle at all times during the trip and can intervene at any time. Another focal point is how the vehicle reacts to weather conditions and construction sites, with the aim of making further improvements to the system.

In the future, automated driving functions will provide relief and support for truck drivers during their work as well as allowing the safety of working practices to be improved significantly at the same time. This makes the Hamburg TruckPilot project an important step on the road toward automated driving for MAN.

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Combined transportation
Combined transportation
LINKING ROAD, RAIL
AND WATER
LINKING ROAD,
RAIL AND WATER

Combined transportation — linking road, rail, and water — is one of the fastest-growing markets in the freight transportation sector as a whole and is also a key driver of innovation in logistics. As part of the “Autonomous Innovation in Terminal Procedures” (Autonome Innovation im Terminalablauf — ANITA) project launched in July 2020, MAN is playing a role in shaping this trend and working with partners to test a fully automated truck at the terminals of Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene-Straße mbH (DUSS) and DB Intermodal Services GmbH in Ulm. The algorithms required for localization and obstacle detection are being developed by Götting KG. The analyses of how people and machinery behave on the terminal site are being provided by Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.

As part of the ANITA project, MAN’s fully automated truck not only contributes to more flexible container handling at the DUSS terminal in Ulm, but is also driving the process of digitization in combined transportation.

The fully automated truck will move autonomously within the DB Intermodal Services container depot and the DUSS terminal. An MAN safety driver will always be in the vehicle during the tests. The first step will involve setting up the digital infrastructure with all the necessary interfaces on the site. Experienced crane operators will move the containers so that operations can be tested under real-life conditions.

The first phase of the project will start by analyzing the behavior of people and machinery on the terminal site to ensure communication between trucks and the container depot, before transferring this information into digital processes and rules. This means that automation in this project covers the full range of logistics processes, turning the self-driving truck in the terminal into a standard setter for a future Terminal 4.0.

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