The Swedish company Volvo signed a contract for the real use of their unmanned trucks from the Norwegian mining company Brønnøy Kalk. Currently, both companies are testing. Full operation of six Autonomous trucks will begin by the end of 2019. Cars will transport extracted mine vacant-Kalk limestone to the port and unload it into the shredder. From there it will load on a barge. The length of the route from the mine to the place of unloading is about 4.8 kilometers. Moving on a predetermined route vehicles have to pass through two long tunnel (the first length is about 3.5 kilometers, the second – about 800 meters).
At first glance it may not seem so impressive, but the main thing here is the fact that Volvo was the first to offer real business services for the use of its unmanned trucks. The company signed the agreement with the Swedish aprosodia have to pay last per each delivered metric ton of rock. In other words, Volvo is motivated not only by the obligations to the client, but also the opportunity to capitalize on the technology, which it actively promoted all these years.
As noted above, trucks will travel on a predetermined route and therefore there is very small chance that something will go wrong. For routes cars use a set of GPS sensors, radar, and LiDAR sensors. The test is conducted under the guidance of a company representative, who sits on the driver’s seat and ready at any moment to take control of the car.
“We are very pleased to achieve the opportunity to present our Autonomous decisions. Working in a confined space to a predetermined route, we will be able to evaluate the pros and cons of this solution and the most profitable to adapt it for the end customer”, says Sasko Kuklev, head of unmanned solutions Volvo Trucks.
Volvo hinted that such an approach in the long term can use other producers of unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps even refused to sell certain cars and going exclusively to the provision of special services for the delivery of certain goods.
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