MMK Piloting Unmanned Cargo Transportation
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MMK Piloting Unmanned Cargo Transportation

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, the transport company Traft and the company Evocargo have agreed on the pilot operation of unmanned trucks

Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, the transport company Traft and the company Evocargo have agreed on the pilot operation of unmanned trucks EVO-1 on the territory of the combine. They plan to start testing drones at MMK in May-June this year. The test launch of the EVO-1 unmanned trucks at the test center in Moscow took place in March this year. A fleet of three unmanned EVO-1 trucks travelled autonomously at a set speed, independently tracking road signs and markings. All that was required of a person was to press the start button on the panel on the side of the car. No shortcomings were identified during the test of the drone, all participants in the test launch were satisfied with the results and expressed confidence in successful further cooperation.

The project participants held a round table, during which they discussed issues related to the organization of constant movement of unmanned trucks on the territory of PJSC MMK. So, a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the project is the preparation of the territory along which the UAVs will move - road markings, signs, specially equipped railway crossings, which guarantees the successful implementation of unmanned systems on the territory of the plant.

Innovations in logistics are part of the long-term development strategy of PJSC MMK along the path of digital transformation. Self-driving trucks are an essential component of efficient logistics processes. The use of drones will allow MMK to reduce the risks and costs of transportation, make them safer and, which is very important, environmentally friendly, since the vehicles are powered by electric traction.

Before the main launch, the parties will have to resolve some organizational issues and come to final agreements on the project. Based on the results of the pilot operation, a decision will be made on the further use of unmanned vehicles in the companies of the MMK Group.

Transport company Traft is an operating carrier of PJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works. In the future, on the territory of the plant, the company plans to completely replace man-controlled cars with drones.

Evocargo specializes in the development and implementation of logistic vertically integrated services using electric unmanned vehicles of its own production.

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