Volvo Trucks excited about Vehicle Automation Tech

Volvo say handing over control good for industry, society

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Volvo Trucks has been one of the leading proponents of the shift to heavy vehicle automation in recent years and now the Swedish manufacturer says we should be prepared to see the tech transform the way we live and work.

A statement from Volvo Trucks says the rapid advancement in technology can give the impression of a rather faceless and functional future.

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But they say that’s not Volvo’s vision as people have always been and will remain at the centre of the organisations philosophy.

Göran Nyberg, President of Volvo Trucks North America, says the business is working towards the availability of practical solutions to help make the lives of professional drivers, motor carriers and other road users safer and easier.

“At some point in the future, self-driving Volvo trucks will be a reality on our roads and part of our society, probably starting in confined or private areas under controlled conditions,”

“We continue preparing for deployment of trucks with higher levels of advanced driver assistance systems, but exact timing depends on many things, namely regulations, infrastructure and safety standards, and market demand.”

How can automation help truck drivers? Check out this Volvo-produced video for some answers…

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What do you think about self-driving trucks? Is it the future? Or are we still a long way from handing over the controls?

Let us know your thoughts on autonomous trucks in the comments section below.

About Joel Helmes 1836 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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