Volvo shows off self-driving, electric truck with no cab

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 14, 2018

Yes, there's no driver because the truck will be completely autonomous.

Volvo's long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today's offerings. Rising consumption, the fast growth of e-commerce and the wide-spread shortage of drivers put higher demands on efficient transport solutions.

"Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade, Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks said".

The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen.

In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than now.

The new Volvo "Vera" debuted on Wednesday, September 12. Transports between logistic hubs are typical examples, but additional use cases could also be applicable.

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The vehicle has a lower operating speed than a normal truck for safety reasons which means they are even more likely to block highways than existing trucks.

Help us grow by sharing this article! As more experience is gained and the technology advances, the applications will be expanded. "The solution utilises existing road infrastructure and load carriers, making it easier to recoup costs and allowing for integration with existing operations", Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo, Mikael Karlsson said.

All of these systems are created to ensure the Vera can locate its current position to within centimetres, monitor in detail and analyze what is happening with other road users, and then respond with high accuracy.

Vera would be connected to a cloud service at all times and a transport control center that keeps an eye on the vehicle, including its road position, load content, service requirements, and other parameters. As with an industrial production process, speed and progress are tailored to avoid unnecessary waiting and to increase efficiency.

Volvo said the truck, which does not have a driver's cab, was still under development and declined to say when it would be available commercially.

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