Could this be what the future of road transport looks like? Volvo Trucks reckon it could be.
The Swedish truck manufacturer say the above image shows what our autonomous, electric future might look like.
The truck was envisaged as a solution for companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs.
These movements are regular and repetitive across relatively short distances and instead of a driver at the wheel Volvo Trucks proposes the use of a transport control centre.
They say the centre could “continuously monitor the progress of the transport and keep an accurate watch of each vehicle’s position, the batteries’ charge, and load content”.
Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions, tells us there is a big future for clean, autonomous trucks.
“Since we use autonomous vehicles with no exhaust emissions and low noise, their operation can take place at any time of day or night.
“The solution utilises existing road infrastructure and load carriers, making it easier to recoup costs and allowing for integration with existing operations.
“Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today.”
While the boss of Volvo Trucks, Claes Nilsson, says the way we operate has to change.
“Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade.
“If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions.
“In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than currently.
“The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers.”
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