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DALLAS will focus on the potential use of smart dolly’s within a terminal environment, with emphasis on the logistic process in terms of costs, time, flexibility and level of service, in addition to higher safety and sustainability.


A smart dolly has potential to better control transport trailers (e.g. automated docking), with the driver excluded, and with sustainable benefits in less fuel per unit payload, emission reduction (using partly and short range) electric propulsion. At HAN-AR (Automotive Research), a scaled environment exist for testing automated control of heavy vehicle combinations (automated decoupling for longer heavy vehicles, platooning, docking), which will be the basis experimental basis for DALLAS.

Final Outcomes

DALLAS (funded by the RAAK-KIEM program) is just a start of a further program on smart dolly’s. Together with industry, a pre-design study is carried out to analyze the feasibility of the added value of smart dolly’s in a combined logistic and societal sense. The outcomes include an improved scaled dolly, which can be controlled in both lateral (manoeuvring) and longitudinal direction. In addition, DALLAS will lead to a proposal for a full-scale RTD project on smart dolly’s with industry involvement.

Next Steps

There are different steps scheduled for the project DALLAS where both the vehicle and the relevant scenario’s for application of a smart dolly are investigated. See the work breakdown structure. That means that three lines of activity are included, (1) survey/interfacing the industry on the needs and opportunities in a logistic sense, (2) conceptual dolly design, and (3) scenario (use-case) design.
AT present, the focus is on controller implementation, feedback to and from industry, and the conceptual design characteristics.

Current Status

  • Interfacing with industry
  • Vehicle model (software as well as physical/scaled)
  • Controller design