Volvo Vera autonomous truck concept has no cab

Volvo's Crazy-Looking Vera: A Driverless--and Passengerless--Vehicle for Transporting Goods

Volvo's Crazy-Looking Vera: A Driverless--and Passengerless--Vehicle for Transporting Goods

It has been designed as a replacement for trucks that move large volumes of goods between fixed hubs.

As for the electric powertrain, Volvo says Vera uses the same battery packs as its other electric trucks.

The company, which is a separate entity to Volvo Cars, rolled out a fully self-driving, electric semi concept.

Volvo suggests that the Vera will mainly be used for short distance applications at ports or logistics hubs: "Volvo Trucks' future transport solution is meant to be used for regular and repetitive tasks characterised by relatively short distances, large volumes of goods and high delivery precision. It is controlled and monitored via a cloud-based service, and has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient". They are created to locate their current position to within centimeters, monitor in detail and analyze what is happening with other road users, and then respond with high accuracy. And Volvo Trucks envisages multiple Veras operating at the same site.

The transport control center continuously monitors the progress of the transport and keeps an accurate watch of each vehicle's position, the batteries' charge, load content, service requirements and a number of other parameters. As with an industrial production process, speed and progress are tailored to avoid unnecessary waiting and to increase efficiency. The electric powertrains also result in less noise and local emissions.

Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade.

Volvo said the truck, which does not have a driver's cab, was still under development and declined to say when it would be available commercially. "The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today's solutions and can help meet numerous challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers".

"Vera means faith and we have faith in the future", Karlsson said, adding the vehicle has a lower operating speed than a normal truck for safety reasons.

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