Rough and torn truckers, used to a life on the road, adaptable to all conditions as they transport good from one part of the globe to another. Will that soon be but a figment of the past? Volvo’s Vera autonomous vehicles may not look the part, but they could well start the end of the trucking era.
Volvo is ready to put its first autonomous, fully electric truck to the test. With the assistance of shipping company DFDS, the Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Volvo first teased Vera in September, after experimenting with fuel-efficient, driverless vehicles for the last several years. Optimal for short-range heavy-load jobs, the Vera follows a predetermined route and is connected to a control center and cloud network. Compatible with most existing trailers and load carriers to take advantage of existing infrastructure, Vera pinpoints its position down to the centimeter, enabling it to detect sudden and minute changes in its environment.
As for when this will be implemented, it’s all pretty vague at the moment, with Volvo promising to extend the vehicle’s availability and functionality in the near future.