IVECO, Plus, dm-drogerie markt and DSV to Commence automated trucking Pilot in Germany

DSV and dm are the first companies in Germany to test the semi-autonomous driver assistance solution in trucks in Europe.

IVECO, Plus, dm-drogerie markt and DSV to Commence automated trucking Pilot in Germany

Turin, Italy- Iveco S.p.A., the commercial vehicle brand of Iveco Group, in collaboration with Plus AI Inc., dm-drogerie markt, a European trail Company, and DSV A/S., leading transport and logistics providers has launched a semi-automated truck pilot in Germany. The initiative features the new IVECO S-Way heavy-duty truck, integrated with PlusDrive software for highly automated driving under driver supervision. This marks a significant milestone towards series production.

The test runs on the route between the dm distribution center in Waghäusel and the DSV distribution center in Gernsheim. In the first phase, drivers from IVECO will be conducting the test and be accompanied by DSV drivers for training. After this, the trained drivers will be able to drive themselves.

The program will gather real-world data on operational benefits such as reduced driver fatigue, improved road safety, and increased fuel efficiency with the PlusDrive-enabled IVECO S-Way. This aims to lower carbon emissions and total cost of ownership for fleets. It validates the readiness of the latest-generation truck optimized for series production, featuring advanced sensors and optional lidar for enhanced perception in PlusDrive's automated driving capabilities. These include lane centering, cut-in handling, lane merges, lane changes (initiated by driver or suggested by the system), traffic jam assist, and nudging, all supervised by the driver.

DSV and dm-drogerie markt, partners since 1986, continue their collaborative innovation in supply chain solutions. Testing this technology reaffirms their commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Mr. Christian Bodi, as dm Managing Director responsible for logistics, said, “The start of this project will make a significant contribution to the comfort and safety of drivers and ensure that our supply chains run more smoothly and reliably. Our initial aim with this highly automatic technology truck is to work with our partners to gain insights into the potential that the use of these trucks offers for dm in operational implementation.”

Mr. Peter Matthiesen, Senior Director, Head of Group Innovation and Truck Technology at DSV, said, “A decarbonized future requires different technology innovations for different use cases. We are excited to begin the pilot so that we can assess through our own data and operations how IVECO and Plus’s state-of-the-art automated trucks can fit into our future fleet of sustainable transport options.”

Mr. Marco Liccardo, Chief Technology & Digital Officer, Iveco Group said, “Data and feedback from customer pilots are key to helping us create innovative and sustainable products that customers value. Our collaboration with dm, DSV, and Plus on this pilot program brings us closer to realizing innovation-driven, safety-enhanced highly automated commercial vehicles. We are excited to empower fleets and truck drivers with the unprecedented potential of these next-generation vehicles.”

Mr. Shawn Kerrigan, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder at Plus, said, “This new milestone of having a production intent design of the PlusDrive-enabled S-Way ready for the pilot resulted from the ongoing tight collaboration between the Plus and IVECO teams. We are thrilled to demonstrate the capabilities and maturity of our autonomous driving software in this pilot for DSV and dm, and start preparing for series production.”