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  • Daniel Tornquist

Automate the Freight - Autonomous Container Transport by Road

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of autonomous or remotely operated trucks for container transport on the road. However, to fully realize this vision, there are several technological challenges that need to be addressed. One of the critical challenges is the secure, reliable and verified locking and unlocking of containers on the truck bed or container chassis. This is where remotely controlled twistlocks can play a vital role.

Twistlocks are the most common mechanism used to secure containers on trucks, trailers, or ships. In traditional twistlocks, the driver needs to physically inspect and manipulate the locks, which is a time-consuming and potentially dangerous process. Additionally, the manual operation of twistlocks can lead to human errors, which can result in accidents and cargo damage.

Remotely controlled twistlocks, on the other hand, allow for automated and secure locking and unlocking of containers. These twistlocks are designed to be controlled remotely by an onboard computer or a central control system using a CAN bus communication protocol. The CAN bus is a widely used communication protocol in the automotive industry that allows various components of a vehicle to communicate with each other in real-time. By using the CAN bus protocol, the twistlocks can communicate with other vehicle components to ensure safe and efficient container transport.

The benefits of remotely controlled twistlocks are numerous. Firstly, they eliminate the need for manual inspection and manipulation of the locks, which can save time and reduce the risk of accidents. Secondly, they ensure a secure and reliable locking and unlocking of containers, which can reduce cargo damage and improve customer satisfaction. Thirdly, they can be integrated with other vehicle systems to optimize the overall performance and safety of the vehicle.

Moreover, remotely controlled twistlocks can potentially be combined with other technologies such as cameras, sensors, and GPS to provide real-time monitoring of the container's condition and location. This information can be transmitted to the central control system, allowing for better tracking and management of the cargo.

In conclusion, a remotely controlled twistlock solution using CAN bus communication is a critical technology for container transport on the road by autonomous or remotely operated trucks. They offer several advantages over traditional twistlocks, such as automated locking and unlocking, real-time monitoring, and integration with other vehicle systems. As the world moves towards greater automation and efficiency in the transportation sector, remotely controlled twistlocks are a must-have technology for container transport on the road.

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