Toyota’s Connected Forklift Trucks

At Toyota’s International Tradeshow for Intralogistics Solutions and Process Management, Toyota is presenting electric trucks with integrated telematics.

Forklift truck icon image in a warehouse

A stacker truck in a warehouse. (Icon)


For the 17th time, international companies will have the chance to present their latest logistics products and services at Logimat. Under the motto “Intralogistics first-hand: Intelligent – Efficient – Innovative”, the trade fair will offer manufacturers from the logistics industry the opportunity to present their innovations from 19 to 21 February. Especially in times of Industry 4.0 and digitization, the trade fair is of great importance for production and logistics companies. After all, everyone talks about the two core topics: smart or efficient working methods and relieving the human workforce.

Toyota’s industrial trucks do not yet operate autonomously, but since autumn 2018 have been using the principle of telematics to make logistics more efficient through networked data transmission

Toyota’s integrated telematics truck

Japanese forklift manufacturer Toyota Material Handling, part of the Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) group, is the world’s largest manufacturer of forklift trucks, lifts, vehicles and components. Above all, the approach of integrated telematics technology should be interesting for many logistics companies. The term telematics is composed of telecommunications and computer science and describes in this case the technology of data transmission, processing and representation between the vehicles. In a nutshell: telematics support coordination within a transport system.

The resulting integration of forklift trucks and other logistics equipment promises Toyota’s leaders to improve four key areas:

  • costs
  • Productivity
  • Safety
  • Environment
  • Data collection for future logistics

    The in-house fleet management system “I_Site” should also ensure this. Using I_Site and sensors on around 60,000 vehicles, Toyota has been collecting much relevant data knowledge for years to counteract waste in the industry. Capacity utilization is one of the most important pieces of information because, according to Toyota Material Handling, this figure is usually only 35%. The “smart trucks” or the forklifts and other logistics machines could therefore be used much more efficiently. This is ensured by the further developed I_Site hardware, which uses sensors to connect to an online portal and the Toyota Back Office System. Shorter downtimes, higher added value, lower costs, lower risk of accidents and injuries and more efficient logistics are the goals in order to relieve companies and the environment on the one hand.