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New project to cut Fraport ramp waiting times


Germany's Frankfurt Airport will host a new research project that aims to create a shared trailer system to accelerate ramp operations. Cargo handlers will share smart truck trailers equipped with cameras that continuously record how full the trailer is.
The trucks will pick up the trailer and take it to the relevant ramp destination where it will be processed by a forwarding agent or cargo handler. It is hoped the system will minimise wait times at the ramps and boost utilisation of the trucks, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Fraport senior vice president of cargo Felix Kreutel said: "As part of the research project, mixed traffic operations consisting of both autonomous shipments and regular truck and car traffic will be tested for the first time at Frankfurt Airport."
Scheduled to last two years, the project is subsidised with funds from the state of Hesse's LOEWE initiative within the framework of the Hesse Model Projects.
Other partners include the Fraunhofer Institute, RheinMain University, autonomous vehicle manufacturer KAMAG, cargo handler LUG, shipping companies Sovereign and Dachser, and logistics software company CargoSteps.

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