This paper presents a simulation model of a generic automated planning and control system for the pick-up and docking of semi-trailers by means of autonomous Yard Tractors (YTs) in a collision- and con flict free environment. To support the planning and control of the YTs, we propose a Multi-Agent System (MAS). We illustrate our approach using a case study at a Dutch logistics service provider. To evaluate the proposed system, we design an agent-based simulation model, which is setup in a similar way as the MAS. We conclude with the implementation and validation of the simulation model and present some results.
|Publisher||BETA Research School for Operations Management and Logistics|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Beta working paper series|
|Publisher||Beta, Research School for Operations Management and Logistics|
Gerrits, B., Mes, M. R. K., & Schuur, P. (2016). Simulation of a multi-agent system for autonomous trailer docking. (Beta working paper series; No. 503). BETA Research School for Operations Management and Logistics.