The Truck-Safe project focuses on improving cargo securing on HGVs as there are potentially 147 deaths and economic loss of €6.8 billion occurred as a result of avoidable insecure cargo securing in EU alone. The European market will have a production demand of 330,000 trailer units, Truck-Safe consortium is looking to achieve a minimum 3% market penetration which gives total predicted sales of about 9,500 units for year five post-project, resulting for SMEPs €128m additional sales and €50m additional profit.

Truck-Safe will be uniquely placed in the market of cargo securing solutions, having following set of differentiations:

  • be fully automated reducing lashing times by 60 minutes and minimizing likelihood of human error
  • integration of alarm functions will provide detection system and automatically adjust load stress
  • incorporation of fibres into interwoven textile fabric matrix to improve resistance to environment
  • integrated sensor systems within the automatic tensioning device to keep cargo under tension
  • development of energy storage unit for truck-free usage of the system
  • fully automated self-ratcheting system with automatic return system and automatic pulling of fabric
  • on-board alarm to alert the driver in case of reduced tension on the cargo or over tension in the cargo securing
  • straps.

In order to provide these benefits, we will develop:

  • Multi-layer fabric
  • Automated self ratcheting system
  • Integrated sensor system and integrate, optimize and validate the prototype