A Look Back

Unmanned vehicles are nothing new in the world of logistics. Since the first Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) was invented by Barrett electronics in 1953, logistics companies have look for ways to integrate AGV ‘s into their workflow. With new advancements in self-driving technology, DHL reports that automated vehicles will change the world of logistics.
“There is a strong case for suggesting that the logistics industry will adopt self-driving vehicles much faster than most other industries, DHL Trend Research says in its report Self-Driving Vehicles in Logistics.

Modern Machines

Today ‘s self driving vehicles have the ability to not only drive from point A to point B, but also to sort, order, and pick materials from the warehouse floor. With integration to a warehouse management software system (WMS), the self-driving vehicles can operate autonomously.
Imagine a self-driving cart riding alongside the self-driving material picker. Once the cart is near capacity, it goes to an unloading station. Another cart takes it ‘s place, & once it has unloaded, it ‘s back in line for another round.

Benefits to Self-Driving Vehicles

There are several benefits to such a system. There is less danger to people, as the entire warehouse can be closed to everyone but the engineers & technicians maintaining the machines. Machines can operate more efficiently. They don ‘t tire & they can get new orders on the fly, directly from the WMS.
Another benefit is that the warehouse can operate on minimal power. Certainly, the self-driving machines will have to be powered, but in a closed warehouse environment, there is little need for electricity or air conditioning, unless the goods that are being stored require it.
When it comes to self-driving machines, the future is here, & DHL is looking to be a leader of that future in the logistics world. Read their full report on the DHL website. It will be interesting to see how this technology gets integrated into the modern warehouse.

Check out this self-driving cart by Zellulare Transportsysteme