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Automation has brought us the benefits of higher production rates and increased productivity, more efficient use of materials, better product quality, improved safety, shorter work weeks for labor and reduced factory lead times. Within the program, the business requirements of automated mobility meets the technical solutions in autonomous controls. INTRALOG project aims to investigate the added PPP-value (People, Planet, Profit) which automated guided trucks(AGT’s) can add to smart logistics operation at distribution centers and inter-terminal/inter-modal traffic hubs.


With INTRALOG we contribute to the businesses opportunities of the consortium professionals and, at the same time, we contribute to the knowledge build-up on autonomous driving for all the associated partners, in the full chain from knowledge providers, suppliers, industry, and end users. The Universities of Applied Sciences play a key role in offering an infrastructure for linking research to practical application and implementation, with a strong emphasis on automated vehicle design and performance, and smart logistics. INTRALOG does focus on the adaptation of vehicle control to the logistics operation, leading to positive effects for all three PPP aspects.

This program has 6 workpackages:

  1. Business model and stakeholder requirements, design of models and analysis tools to assess the effects of AGT’s on PPP aspects (leading: University of Applied Sciences - Rotterdam)
  2. A logistic model design comprising all relevant parts of the AGT operation and interaction with its environment (leading: University of Twente)
  3. Vehicle controller model design and controller implementation (leading: Technical University, Eindhoven)
  4. A test environment for the models, controllers and subsystems (leading: University of Applied Sciences - Arnhem)
  5. Real-life test environment(s) for validating the initial business model and asses PPP performance (leading: TNO)
  6. Dissemination (leading: Carrossie.NL)

Final Outcomes

Numerous goals have been established:

  1. Firstly, the potential with reference to the demand from the logistic environment is identified
  2. Subsequently, AGT will be conceptually designed, realized, tested (in field trials) and validated against the PPP-demands of the end-users.
  3. Finally, feasible strategies for implementing automated guided trucks as part of advanced logistic scenarios framework are investigated.

Current Status

One of the first steps in the INTRALOG program is the design of a Multi Agent System (link to: "B. Gerrits; Multi-agent system design for Automated Docking (2016).pdf").

A second result is de modelling of the controls for reward docking:

Autonomous Docking

Two Stage Autonomous Docking - YouTube


Both truck manufacturing companies (Terberg, DAF) and end users (Rotra, Port of Rotterdam) are included in the consortium which also covers knowledge providers with a relevant track record: TNO, Eindhoven University of Technology, Twente University, and the key-universities of Applied Sciences HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen) and HR (Hogeschool Rotterdam). The trailer and bodywork's manufacturers (mainly SME) are represented by the branch organization Carosserie NL.