The first truck without a cab takes to the road in Sweden
Einride’s driverless, electrically powered vehicle is already underway on public roads. It is transporting goods in an industrial zone in Sweden.03 Jun. 2019 Roland Freist
As part of a pilot project, the logistics company DB Schenker has for the first time taken a T-Pod journey on a public road. Built by the Swedish company Einride , it is an electrically operated truck without a driver’s cab. The vehicle can be controlled from a distance using Phantom Auto‘s remote control technology and a 5G mobile communications network. The T-Pod is nevertheless also equipped with Nvidia Drive , an autonomous driving software, and can find its way around independently via radar sensors, the Lidar laser system and cameras. As part of a pilot project scheduled to run until the end of 2020, the truck travels back and forth between a warehouse and a DB Schenker terminal in a Swedish industrial zone. Einride’s T-Pod was approved for Swedish roads in March 2019.
The T-Pod’s batteries charge up to 200 kWh, which is apparently enough to cover about 200 km. It reaches a maximum speed of 85 km/h. The truck accommodates up to 15 Euro pallets. Einride has also developed an autonomous wood transporter called T-log.
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