New Man at Linfox, Bike Delivery, Platooning and Congestion

Linfox, Load Restraint, Emissions and a Rural Safety Award

The news for the trucking industry this week includes  a new man at Linfox, bike delivery, autonomous in Queensland, platooning and congestion, plus a smart fridge unit for rigid trucks.

Linfox has hired Conrad Harvey, formerly Coles CIO, to run its IT. Harve left Coles in 2014 during a restructure after running IT for 10 years. After running his own consultancy, worked for start-up Certanti as its managing director, and now joins Linfox.

Queensland will host an automated vehicle pilot program with 500 fleet and public vehicles testing the concept of connected and automated driving (C-ITS) technology in Ipswich.

“The Queensland Government’s Cooperative and Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) project is another example where industry and government will work together to trial and validate the benefits these new technologies will bring to the market,” said Mark Jackman, Bosch Australia Regional President Chassis Systems Control.

“These rapidly developing technologies have the potential to significantly reduce crashes and crash-related gridlock, as well as reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use over coming decades. While industry is leading the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the success of these will rely upon connecting to our existing traffic systems.”

Testing begins in 2019.


Meanwhile in the US, the distribution industry steps back in time as UPS announced its first eBike delivery vehicle. This new electrically-assisted tricycle began delivering packages in Portland, Oregon and UPS anticipates this eBike prototype could become a component of its delivery capabilities in some other cities across the country.

“Early in our 109 year history, UPS operated as a bike messenger company,” said Mark Wallace, UPS SVP Global Engineering and Sustainability. “While we have evolved and developed a vast network of ground and air vehicles, the bicycle may be making a comeback as we navigate through crowded urban areas and continue our focus on environmental sustainability.”

DB Schenker and MAN have set up a partnership for the use of high-tech platooning trucks on the highways of Germany. This is the first partnership between a logistics enterprise and a truck manufacturer to develop networked truck convoys and test their use in real operating conditions.

In 2018, DB Schenker and MAN plan to operate a truck platoon on the Digital Motorway Testbed on the A9 motorway between in Munich and Nuremberg. The second phase will involve the deployment of self-driving trucks on the DB Schenker grounds in Nuremberg.

New Man at Linfox, Bike Delivery, Platooning and Congestion

Elsewhere in Europe, a Swedish range of hydraulically driven refrigeration units for trucks, built by Hulstein, are claimed to drive down emissions, noise and operational costs for urban deliveries. The refrigeration unit runs via a hydraulic pump directly from the truck engine and Hulstein claim it provides constant, even, cooling power regardless of whether the truck is on tick-over or full revs.

Hulstiein reckon the hydraulic units can reduce C02 by more than 98 per cent, reduce fuel by 62 per cent, service costs by 50 per cent and are European Union approved for quiet city deliveries.

We think our roads are busy. A report from India tells us Mumbai will see a 3000 per cent rise in the number of vehicles and a 706 per cent rise in CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to last year. Transport in Mumbai will emit 4 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030.