This achievement follows an extensive testing and validation process, including thorough closed-course testing, validation of previously collected road data, and comprehensive training for test drivers on the advanced safety features of the truck. TÜV SÜD also conducted safety tests to ensure the viability of the safety concept for public road testing. This phase of public road testing will provide valuable real-world data to further refine the driver-in automated truck for future implementation.
The integration of AI-based predictive safety technology, such as PlusDrive, aims to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability in the trucking industry. By reducing the risk of accidents, improving fuel economy, and addressing driver shortages, the technology demonstrates the potential to revolutionize European trucking operations. The collaboration between IVECO and Plus signals an exciting advancement in their partnership, showcasing the growing maturity of the IVECO S-Way with PlusDrive through real-world testing and commercial operations.
Equipped with cutting-edge AI-based autonomous driving software and advanced sensors like lidars, radars, and cameras, PlusDrive empowers drivers with exceptional situational awareness. The public road testing will continue in Germany for the next few months and subsequently expand to other countries including Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland. This expansion aims to gather diverse data from various road types and driving conditions across the region. Additionally, the testing will demonstrate the capability of PlusDrive to handle driver-supervised maneuvers such as lane centering, cut-ins, lane merges, driver-initiated or system-suggested lane changes, traffic jam assistance, and nudging.
Shawn Kerrigan, COO and Co-founder of Plus, expressed pride in the joint efforts of IVECO and Plus, highlighting the innovative driving solution’s successful deployment for public road testing. Many major fleets worldwide already utilize PlusDrive for commercial freight transportation. The aim is to make this commercial product available to a broader range of fleets as soon as possible, enabling a significant impact in the industry.