Axel Novak

Agile logistics: electric cargo bikes ensure sustainable transport at DB Schenker

Agile logistics: electric cargo bikes ensure sustainable transport at DB Schenker

Astonishingly agile and flexible, the small vehicle drives down the ramp in the export hall, turns off and disappears through the gate in urban traffic. It took less than two minutes for Friedrich Stachwitz to leave DB Schenker's office in Berlin with his electric cargo bike. His load consists of smaller cargo shipments for customers throughout the city. It's 8:30 am and the delivery service at the …

Autonomous “Weasel” – DB Schenker strengthens automatization in logistics

Autonomous “Weasel” – DB Schenker strengthens automatization in logistics

Logistics as if by magic: the vehicle slowly returns to the loading ramp and slides under the swap body. Then it effortlessly lifts the heavy cargo containers and drives off. The autonomous vehicle follows an invisible route and reaches its destination a few minutes later. After the swap body is safely resting on its four legs, the vehicle slips underneath and is headed for the next task. In the …

Driving in the platoon – this is how it works

Driving in the platoon – this is how it works

The future belongs to automated driving. Especially with general cargo transport and over long distances, platooning - the electronic coupling of trucks - is an excellent way to control transport more efficiently and save fuel. But how does platooning work? What is the human/machine relationship? What does automation do to the driver? The team from Logistik aktuell has experienced platooning …

DB Schenker is a pioneer with the electric truck

DB Schenker is a pioneer with the electric truck

Logistics in urban areas is one of the major challenges facing the transport industry. The issues of sustainability and climate protection play an increasingly important role in dense spaces. Driving bans which are threatened or have been passed in cities such as Hamburg, Stuttgart or Paris are urging logistics specialists toward climate-friendly solutions. Electrically powered vehicles could help …

DB Schenker and MAN launch world’s first vehicle platoon – on the way towards autonomous driving

DB Schenker and MAN launch world’s first vehicle platoon – on the way towards autonomous driving

Autonomous driving is one of the trends of the mobility of the future. DB Schenker, the commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN and the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences have created a world first: On June 25th, 2018, they began the world’s first-ever full deployment of electronically coupled trucks. At 11:30 a.m. on the dot, the first platoon joined the A9 highway in Neufahrn near Munich, driven by …

Berlin City Hub: The revival of the cargo tram?

Berlin City Hub: The revival of the cargo tram?

Berlin is getting bigger and bigger as more and more people move to the city. For logisticians, this is a mixed blessing. The last mile—the way to the customer—is becoming increasingly difficult and costly to manage. Now trams could help sustainably supply inner-city customers by bypassing congested traffic. At least that is what the "City Hub Concept" of the Senate Department for the Environment, …

Hamburg starts pilot project with 5G high-tech network

Hamburg starts pilot project with 5G high-tech network

The beautiful new world of digitization collapses when data cannot be transmitted. So far, the operators and developers of new solutions rely on fixed cabling or traditional mobile networks to transfer the necessary amounts of data. Today, there are already techniques to transport large volumes of data quickly from one point to another: The communication standard 5G, with transmission rates of 1.25 …

eFloater – cruising the city of the future

eFloater – cruising the city of the future

The cities are growing, while people are becoming more mobile. This only works, if we come up with smart and efficient urban mobility solutions. For example, the eFloater: It is considered a way to move comfortably and sustainably in our spacious inner cities. This electric micro scooter was developed by the Hamburg start-up Floatility. It has a range of 20 kilometers and is therefore ideal for people …

Mobility of Tomorrow: The Drop, Noah and Enjoy from the 3D Printer

Mobility of Tomorrow: The Drop, Noah and Enjoy from the 3D Printer

One of the promises of digitization is a limitless product world from the 3D printer. From powder and according to digital specifications, the most incredible products are to be created outshining all classic goods. Every month, for example, there is news about vehicles that are partly or entirely printed from different basic materials. In New Zealand, "The Drop" was recently the first …

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