Trucks with automatic piloting can work without a real person in the cabin, so a driver’s cab they are practically meaningless. In this regard, in September 2018 in Sweden was presented a prototype electric truck Volvo Vera, which is a platform with four wheels that you can attach any trailer. It seems that the pre-test truck had already passed, and now he finally got first real job.
To experience the truck Vera in the real world, Volvo has started the cooperation with the shipping company DFDS, which is engaged in cargo transportation in the North and Baltic seas. Electric truck will take care of shipping huge containers of the logistic center of the Swiss city of Gothenburg in the nearest port terminal. Its speed will not exceed 40 kilometers per hour.
Volvo truck Vera started the transportation of goods
The distance between the two points will be small, because the Volvo Vera was originally marketed as a truck for transporting loads over short distances. It is assumed that in addition to the logistics centers, it will be able to serve small ports and factories, where it is important to have regular and frequent transport work on the same routes.
Autonomous transportation with low noise and zero exhaust emissions play an important role in the future of logistics and bring benefits both businesses and society. We see this collaboration as an important start, and I want to make progress in this area, — commented on the deal, Mikael Karlsson, Vice President for auxiliary solutions Volvo Trucks.
In the future the fleet of Volvo trucks can be greatly expanded, and each of them will be synced with the server over a wireless connection. The relationship will allow them to optimize the flow of traffic so that the work to avoid stagnation, and transportation was carried out on time. A similar system will be introduced in the new generation of motorcycles Damon — they will be synchronized on a 5G network, and educate each other effectively to avoid accidents.
In the company blog States that the Autonomous operation of the truck will be controlled by a remote controller, which is also responsible for the transportation of goods. Earlier it was reported that he also available information about battery life and technical condition of trucks, so that their integrity depends on his care.
Soon the Volvo Vera is unlikely to be on public roads, but it has already made a truck company TuSimple. In may 2019 the U.S. postal service (USPS) has selected its contractor for the Autonomous transportation of parcels between the cities of Phoenix and Dallas for two weeks, the trucks have to make five trips to a distance of 1,600 kilometers. Read more about this transaction can be found in our material.
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