Einride Swedish company presented the first prototype of an unmanned truck T-pod back in 2017 the event Goodwood Festival of Speed in the truck T-log. The novelty was so pleased the audience that in 2018 the transportation company has signed an agreement with global logistics company DB Schenker to test its new truck T-pod at their site. And now, the tests completed and in Sweden for public roads appeared the first electric self-driving truck.
As pointed out by the Einride, her challenge is to make transportation smarter, more environmentally friendly, safe, cost effective and trouble free. The company also claims that its the first truck T-pod “makes many of the decisions used in standard in transport is almost obsolete”.
Battery-powered T-pod does not have a cabin for the driver and equipped with a fourth level of autonomy. Self-mobility helps him a set of cameras, radars, LIDAR’s and computing platform Nvidia Drive, equipped with artificial intelligence algorithms. At the same time, the car remotely, if necessary, to control the operator. According to Einride, reserve from a single charge of batteries T-pod is enough for about 200 kilometers. Maximum speed electric self-driving truck is 85 miles per hour. Sufficient for transport, designed to perform certain logistical tasks.
Test stand-alone electric truck was held at one of the companies DB Schenker in jönköping in November 2018. In March this year the Swedish transport administration conducted its assessment of the capabilities of the T-pod, and then gave permission for a pilot test of the truck on public roads.
In the past, held in the beginning of this week, the truck moved between the warehouse of DB Schenker and one of its terminals in the industrial area, “where typically the speeds are slower than in other parts of the city.” After leaving the warehouse and when they reached the terminal, the truck drove through the automatic gates, got to destination, turned around on the Playground and went back to the warehouse.
“Heavy road transport is responsible for significant emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A successful pilot test in Jönköping is a small but very important step towards creating continuous, Autonomous, and sustainable transport system. Permission poluchennoe Swedish transport administration testifies in favor of the security of our solutions”, — commented the head of Einride Robert Falk.
Now T-pod will run every day between the warehouse and the terminal. Permit for the operation of the truck issued until 31 December 2020. By 2020, in commercial operation the company expects to enter 200 T-pod. For this Einride has entered into agreements with several major companies: the German supermarket chain Lidl, the Swedish courier Svenska Retursystem and several retailers from the Fortune 500 list. Einride intends next year to apply for an increase in available for T-pod routes, and to conduct tests of the UAV in the United States.