Volvo Trucks’ Self-Driving “Vera” Starts Transporting Containers In Sweden

Vera, Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected, and autonomous vehicle has been given its first assignment: to transport goods from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The result of a new collaboration between Volvo Trucks and ferry and logistics company DFDS, the assignment will allow Vera to prove its worth in a real-life application by being part of a connected system for the continuous distribution of goods across the world.

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The Vera, which shares its powertrain with the existing FL Electric and FE Electric trucks, is designed for repetitive assignments in logistics centers, factories, and ports, and Volvo says it can transport large volumes of goods with high precision over short distances.

Volvo Trucks wants to implement a connected system consisting of several Vera vehicles driving at up to 40 km/h (25 mph) while monitored by a control tower. The goal is to enable “a seamless and constant flow responsive to demands on greater efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability.” The project is a first step towards implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area.

“Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations,” says Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks.

The company will continue to develop the autonomous transport solution before it can be fully operational. “Autonomous transports with low noise levels and zero exhaust emissions have an important role to play in the future of logistics and will benefit both business and society. We see this collaboration as an important start and want to drive progress in this area,” Mikael Karlsson added.

 

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  • lagunas3ca

    Turn it into a speedster.

    • benT

      truck racer!!

      • Finkployd

        I’d watch that on tv

        • benT

          You seen the truck racing ?

  • Bash

    Just keep them controlled and contained with dock area and away from the streets. Seeing these things moving even at such a slow speed is scary.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Look up I-70 fatal truck crash. Or just truck crash. VERA won’t get sleepy or make dumb mistakes. Computers are only going to get smarter.

      • Bash

        Let’s see about that. It needs time anyway for the system to gain public trust.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Did you know that drug use (speed to keep them awake) among truck drivers is among the highest of all professions? Also that the trucking lobby has easily been able to keep legislation limiting hours on the road from being passed? Add in the lax licensing regulations – for operators and vehicles- in most states. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords!

      • StrangerGP

        But it’s perfectly reasonable to keep them off the streets until they’re smart enough to react properly in 100% of situations.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Would that that were true for human drivers.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It begins.

  • ejd1984
    • benT

      It’s a Testarossa truck!

  • Randy Terpstra

    It’s autonomous, with Swedish courtesy built in. So, it won’t cut you off or try to run you off the road, while pulling out to pass the truck in front of it. 😀

  • IF IT’S EVER GONNA BE USED AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS THEY MAY WANT TO BUILD IN AN AERODYNAMIC SHIELD. IT WILL BE TOWING TRAILERS FROM MANY DIFFERENT COMPANIES WHO AREN’T LIKELY TO REPLACE THEM WITH STREAMLINED MODELS ANYTIME SOON.

    • benT

      At wharf and airport only – “top speed is 40km/hr”.
      Replacing existing diesel/petrol versions which are humanoid controlled.

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