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T-Hive: TICO Center of Expertise for autonomous vehicle software

TICO to bundle powers and increase investments in autonomous vehicle software

In order to meet the increasing demands of its customers, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) will bundle its software developments in autonomous vehicles (AVs), increase its global investments, and establish a new center of expertise: T-Hive. By combining the software products, partnerships and innovations from TICO’s main brands – Toyota L&F, Toyota Material Handling, Toyota Material Handling Europe, Raymond, Bastian and Vanderlande – the organization will significantly strengthen and expand TICO’s main brands solution portfolio.

In recent years, the demand for AVs has been increasing in line with the rapid growth of the e-commerce market, labour shortage in general and need for flexibility. Flexibility in operations, application areas and vehicle type have become increasingly important, as well as the potential to deploy AV solutions worldwide. With this in mind, T-Hive has been established centrally to host all developments, leverage existing solutions for new market segments and accelerate innovations globally to support TICO’s customer-facing companies.

April 2021: start of a new company

The new company will operate from Ede in The Netherlands from April 2021 and be led by Léon Jansen. T-Hive’s main focus will be to provide a seamless control system over all AVs within TICO, such as automated guided forklifts (AGFs), automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The combined solution portfolio will be introduced at logistics sites around the world enabling TICO’s customers to enjoy the seamless movement, storage and distribution of goods throughout their entire supply chains.

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