Volvo takes self-driving truck tech to new level

Autonomous concept truck for hub-to-hub duties in operation

Volvo Trucks autonomous truck

There’s no doubt Volvo has been at the forefront of the autonomous/self-driving vehicle development, particularly in heavy vehicles, now though comes news of a significant step forward.

The Swedish brand has taken the covers off a truck that can not just drive itself around, but can even drive from one hub to another.

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The truck, based on a conventional Volvo FH, is part of a development project exploring how automation can contribute to increased productivity, enhanced safety and lower environmental impact.

Volvo say it takes autonomous truck use beyond applications such as mines and quarries and into the wider world.

It navigates and operates entirely autonomously using Lidar and GPS technology to continuously read its surroundings, navigating around fixed and movable obstacles while gathering data via its on-board transport system in order to further optimize its route, traffic safety and fuel consumption.

“This truck requires no manual supervision, but rather is part of the customer’s total transport solution that controls the entire delivery process.” – Volvo

Check out the autonomous truck in action…

Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO at Volvo Group, says the technology is very exciting.

“Although this technology may be years away from production, it will undoubtedly influence our future offering and has the potential to develop smart societies for the future.

“No matter what type of solution we develop, safety is always our primary concern and this applies to all our self-driving projects.”

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