The Volvo Group is ready to test its automated truck in front of an audience for the first time. The company said the autonomous truck is “intended to create greater business advantages for customers, mainly in the mining industry.
“The Volvo Group has been conducting research into autonomous vehicles for several years and we are delighted to have already developed a solution that we believe will ultimately revolutionize the mining industry. We expect to be able to significantly increase our customers’ productivity while at the same time improving fuel efficiency and safety,” said Torbjörn Holmström, member of Volvo’s Group Executive Board and CTO, in a press release.
Saab and Volvo have collaborated on the venture through their technology consulting company, Combitech, to develop a fully autonomous transport system.
“This unique truck, which is a fully fitted out construction vehicle, navigates and operates entirely autonomously both above and underground. It uses sensors and GPS technology to continuously read its surroundings, navigating fixed and movable obstacles while gathering data via its transport system in order to further optimize its route and traffic safety. The truck requires no manual supervision, but rather is part of the customer’s total transport solution that controls the entire production process,” the company said in a press release.
The company said there are more autonomous tests in the works and those may expand past trucks.
“Automation is an exciting field of technology where advances are moving quickly. Solutions already exist and we expect to see more autonomous solutions in the future. But our customers are already benefiting from this technology today since we apply the same principles to our active safety systems,” said Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO of Volvo.
Volvo plans to test its autonomous truck in front of the media on May 24-25 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Here is a look at Volvo’s driver interaction promo: