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Jan 26, 2023

On January 26, 2023, UD Trucks Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. announced they have conducted an autonomous driving trial at Kobe Steel's Kakogawa Works, using a heavy-duty Quon equipped with Level 4 confined-area autonomous driving technology, based on the basic agreement reached in 2021.
In today's world, manufacturing sites must address labor shortages and improve efficiencies to run sustainable business operations. The initiative is intended to alleviate a driver shortage at the steel works site and to promote digital transformation at manufacturing and logistics sites.
The trial was conducted over a period of two months from the end of August to the end of October 2022. A heavy-duty Quon dump truck manufactured by UD Trucks moved along a portion of the route used to carry water crushed slag within the Kakogawa Works site. The slag weighing roughly 17 tons was loaded and automatically transported to and from multiple points within the site. Operational tasks such as stopping, loading, and unloading the payload within a set time frame were also carried out autonomously.
The autonomous driving system provided by Sensible 4, a Finnish self-driving tech company, recognizes and responds accordingly to rugged terrain and variations in weather. The vehicle stays on course by incorporating GNSS-RTK and 3D-LiDAR technology, which ensures accurate movements even in an environment where satellite signals could be blocked by facilities on the site.

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(UD Trucks press release on January 26, 2023)

Dec 08, 2022

On December 8, Sensible 4 and UD Trucks, one of major truck makers in Japan, announced a partnership to automate a heavy-duty truck, enabling the autonomous transportation, and dumping, of material, at a live industrial site in Japan. The project marks the beginning of a partnership between UD Trucks and Sensible 4.
The two companies have successfully retrofitted UD Trucks’ flagship heavy-duty Quon to enable it to operate autonomously to transport, and dump, material at one of UD’s customer sites. The truck will use the automated driving software platform DAWN. UD Trucks said that Sensible 4’s software meets the positioning and environmental requirements its industrial customers demand to make self-driving operations commercially viable.

Based on Sensible 4 press release

Sep 01, 2022

Announced on August 31, 2022, UD Trucks Thailand has finished the installation of 1,850 solar panels at its plant in Samut Prakan, located on the outskirts of Bangkok. This collaboration with Berkeley Energy Commercial Industry Solutions (BECIS), which will provide 1,477 MWh of renewable electricity every year, will help cutting CO2 emissions by an estimated 16%, or around 700 tons CO2 annually. The solar rooftop has the capacity to provide up to 25% of the electricity used at the plant.
In accordance with its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, UD Trucks is lowering its carbon footprint by actively utilizing renewable energy sources. The Samut Prakan factory, which became the first UD Trucks factory to install solar panels on such a scale, has also invested in initiatives focused on zero waste to landfill, 100% waste recycling and reducing energy consumption.
UD Trucks stressed its intention to significantly contribute to Isuzu Group’s target of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, compared to 2013.

(From UD Trucks press release on August 31, 2022)