Picture of the Week: SIAC Motor develops 5G Autonomous Truck


A 5G-based intelligent heavy duty truck developed by SAIC Motor is in operation at the Shanghai Yangshan Deepwater Port.

The SAIC 5G truck completed a task through the use of 5G and AI technologies, which is the first time such an operation was successfully conducted in the world. This special LNG powered tractor-unit with 12-speed automated transmission is equipped with an intelligent driving control system independently developed by SAIC Motor. Its intelligent driving electronic chassis can automatically control the vehicle’s movements.

Advanced technologies such as lidar, machine vision, high-precision mapping, and 5G-V2X communications bring the articulated unit to Level-4 autonomous driving, with centimetre-accuracy positioning, precise stopping with a margin of error of ±5cm, with full interaction with the port’s automatic equipment and driving on the Shanghai Donghai Bridge.

The “Model of Intelligent Container Transferring” programme demonstrates how the SAIC 5G truck works efficiently between Yangshan Port, Donghai Bridge and Lingang Logistics Park: working smoothly on the 2.3-kilometer shoreline of the fourth-phase of the Yangshan Port and the tens of kilometres of the container transferring line. The truck coordinates with other intelligent devices at the port to complete complex jobs, handling cargo within 15 seconds and starting autonomous driving soon after, independently planning the optimal routes and delivering cargo to the designated location.

SAIC Motor’s intelligent driving vehicles have finished over 120,000 kilometres of road tests, 10,000 of which were on open roads. Its third generation intelligent driving vehicles, which have reached Level 4 autonomy have obtained open roads test licenses in China and the company is expected to have this high level technologies commercialized in the near future.

SIAC Motor is well known In Ireland and the UK as the manufacturers of LDV and MAXUS light commercial vehicles.