Two in One
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Designer: Karsten Willmann, Hochschule far Technik und Wirtschaft, Dresden, Germany
We thought this was the latest refuse truck offering from Dennis at first glance — although the badge on the front is a bit of a giveaway. The truck uses technology pioneered in the Container Automated Guided Vehicles (CAGV) already in use at many ports and other freight centres. As the picture illustrates,the concept consists of two vehicles that work independently of one another— the CAGV at the rear and the driver pod at the front, which is also on wheels.The operator sends his driver with the pod to the depot where a navigation system guides the driver to the hitching point.The allocation of the load to the pod is automated, as is the hitching process. Once hooked up the driver then heads off with the deliveries. The CAGV acts as the power unit, while the driver has full navigational control.