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AI-Powered Tractors? Here’s How This Local Company is Revolutionising M’sia’s Logistics Sector


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Source: Terberg Tractors Malaysia

Terberg Tractors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (TTM), the joint venture company established between Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd (Sime Darby Industrial) and the Netherlands-based Royal Terberg Group BV, aims to revolutionise the logistics sector in Asia Pacific by providing Drive-by-Wire enabled tractors, seamlessly integrating into Aidrivers’ autonomous ecosystem.

TTM, has taken a significant step towards shaping the future of the port and logistics sector by partnering with Aidrivers, a prominent player in developing AI-enabled autonomous mobility solutions for port transportations. The strategic collaboration has resulted in the successful completion of the Autonomous Prime Mover (APM) proof of concept (POC) project, overseen by Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC).

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To date, TTM has sold over six thousand tractors since its inception in 2005 and with a track record surpassing expectations, this dynamic synergy promises to propel port efficiency, elevate safety standards, and enhance overall profitability.

“We are incredibly proud of the successful completion of the Autonomous Prime Mover proof of concept project. This milestone reaffirms our commitment and vision to pioneering cutting-edge solutions for the logistics sector. Together with Aidrivers, Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Hamburg Port Consulting, we are leading the charge in revolutionising port operations through autonomous mobility and AI-driven technology.” said Mr Boo Wei Ching, CEO of Terberg Tractors Malaysia.

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TTM’s Drive-by-Wire Prime Mover innovation is another remarkable achievement, successfully converting conventional manned prime movers into vehicles controlled by autonomous navigation software. The state-of-the-art Drive-by-Wire system allows for advanced autonomous navigation stack to maneuver steering, apply brakes, and even perform gear changes, while the APM unit is equipped with a data logging and monitoring system for real-time performance observation.

Meanwhile, Dr Rafiq Swash, Founder CEO of Aidrivers said “Since the launch of this Proof-of-Concept project, the APM has successfully passed both Site Acceptance Test (SAT) and Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) tests for autonomous operation.

“The tests included functional testing of all autonomous ecosystem for AV environment preparation, autonomous simulation, autonomous navigation in mixed traffic to showcase object detection and avoidance with both local and global path planning as well as connected operations. The goal of TTM is to supply the logistics sector with Drive-by-Wire ready tractors that is capable of plug-in system integration with Aidrivers autonomous ecosystem, which would significantly advance port efficiency, safety, and profitability.”

With a robust presence in over 22 countries solely in the APAC region, TTM has successfully established itself as a global leader in providing efficient and reliable tractors to the logistics sector.


A recent Market Research Future report forecasts an impressive 15.2% CAGR growth in the global autonomous truck market throughout the 2021-2028 forecast period. Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP), being one of the largest and most advanced container terminals in the Malaysia region, handles over 12 million TEUs annually, positioning itself as a forward-thinking player in the industry. PTP’s commitment to embracing future technologies is evident in its investment in the embedding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) inside a Prime Mover, making autonomous navigation a reality.

TTM’s collaboration with Aidrivers, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and HPC marks a significant milestone in the autonomous terminal tractor industry, demonstrating their dedication to innovation and positioning them as leaders in shaping the future of port operations.

To find out more about Terberg Tractors Malaysia, visit their website here.


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