The project is scheduled to begin on September 1, 2020 and will run for three years.
Specifically, the project is supported by both private and public partnership from the Netherlands, Flanders, Switzerland and the Czech Republic and has been provided a subsidy of €10 million by the European Union to investigate how transport and logistics can be made more efficient with the aid of remote control (teleoperation) technology – including across borders.
A consortium of 28 members, including The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Flemish Department for Mobility and Public Works, the port authorities North Sea Port and Port of Antwerp, the business community and the academic sector, will participate in the effort to develop new standards for teleoperations.
As stated above, the project will research how exchanging real-time data to and from vehicles, between terminals and vehicles and between vehicles and their head offices can contribute to greater efficiency in the supply chain and help mitigate driver shortages. The aim is to be able to remotely steer and support vehicles and vessels.
The project aims to improve the accessibility of the North Sea Port (Vlissingen, Terneuzen, and Ghent) to Antwerp logistics corridor and to increase employment and strengthen the competitive position of that area. New 5G telecommunications technology will be one of the tools used.
In the meantime, it is stated that the project will look into digital technologies and telecommunications.