Volvo is demonstrating its self-driving truck, driving autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing on Nov 15, 2017.
Volvo, a EUR 31.9 billion automobile giant headquartered in Goteborg, Sweden, said the development of its self-driving truck is part of a development project exploring how automation can contribute to increased productivity, enhanced safety and lower environmental impact.
Volvo Group has demonstrated concept vehicles for applications in confined areas like mines and quarries. Now Volvo Group takes the next step towards the future with an autonomous concept truck for hub-to-hub transportations in semi-confined areas like harbours and dedicated lanes on highways.
This truck, based on an existing FH platform, navigates and operates entirely autonomously using Lidar and GPS technology to read its surroundings, navigating around fixed and movable obstacles while gathering data via its on-board transport system in order to further optimize its route, traffic safety and fuel consumption.
“Though this technology may be years away from production, it will influence our future offering and has the potential to develop smart societies for the future,” said Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO at Volvo Group.