Austrian Post tests robot swap body system

Austrian Post is using an autonomous swap body vehicle for moving containers at the postal operator’s logistics centre in Inzersdorf, Vienna.

The system has been developed jointly by Austrian Post and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Using the robot system, the swap bodies are moved independently from designated parking spaces to gates, docking them automatically.

Dr Peter Umundum, Member of the Management Board of Austrian Post, said: “We believe in the future of autonomous driving, although it is difficult at the moment to identify test areas. With our project we have found the first real test area in in-house logistics that offers great potential for future feasibility.”

Dr Umundum underlined the importance of this topic for Austrian Post and draws a positive balance after the first results: “At our locations, a total of around 3,300 swap bodies are implemented every day, covering around 800 kilometres. Against the background of increasing parcel volumes and the associated personnel requirements, the relocation of swap bodies in logistics centres continues to gain in importance. We are looking for solutions to deal with these developments – driving forward innovations is one answer. The first tests have already shown what autonomous yard logistics can look like in the logistics centres of the future”.

New, modern technologies, which Austrian Post is developing with its in-house experts and partners, are intended to make day-to-day logistics not only more economical, but also more sustainable. “The AIT has great expertise in the field of automated driving. For example, we are researching the effective and sustainable integration of automated vehicles in logistics applications. By means of a holistic approach, we support our partners in increasing effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability,” said DI Arno Klamminger, Head of Center for Mobility Systems at AIT, about the promising project.

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