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    Volvo Trucks - The world's first self-driving truck in an underground mine

    Published on Jun 19, 2017

    Our fully autonomous truck is the first in the world to be tested in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine. The self-driving truck is part of a development project aimed at improving the transport flow and safety in the mine. The truck will cover a distance of 7 kilometres, reaching 1,320 metres underground in the narrow mine tunnels

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    Volvo Trucks - Demonstration of autonomous refuse truck

    Published on Sep 13, 2017

    Together with Swedish waste management company Renova, Volvo Trucks is currently testing and researching how automated vehicles can contribute to safer, more efficient refuse handling and create a better working environment for drivers. The refuse truck Volvo Trucks is now testing continuously monitors its surroundings and immediately stops if an obstacle suddenly appears on the road.

    At the first stop with the automated system activated, the driver climbs out of the cab, goes to the rear of the truck, brings out the wheelie-bin and empties it exactly the way the job is done today by operating the relevant controls. When the operation is completed, the truck automatically reverses to the next bin upon receiving the driver’s command. The driver walks the very same route that the truck takes and thus always has full view of what’s happening in the direction of travel.

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    Volvo Trucks - Automation – Driving into the future

    Published on Feb 22, 2018

    Automation will revolutionize the transport industry – it will improve productivity, lower fuel consumption, and optimize traffic management and route planning among other things. For drivers it will increase safety, improve working conditions and in many cases introduce new ways of working. Automation is not about killing jobs – there will still be a need for skilled drivers in the future.

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    Volvo Trucks - Introducing Volvo Connect - a new digital interface for your business

    Published on Jun 26, 2018

    With the launch of Volvo Connect – a single interface for digital services and functions– Volvo Trucks hopes to enable smoother and more efficient transport operations. By gathering all trucks and other assets as well as Volvo and partner services in one place, the new platform will make it even easier for customers to access the full benefits of digitalisation and connectivity.

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    Volvo Trucks – Introducing Vera, the future of autonomous transport

    Published on Sep 12, 2018

    Vera is an autonomous vehicle that forms part of a larger system. It has the potential to optimise transport in highly-repetitive, short distance flows with large volumes of goods, such as ports, factory areas and logistical mega centres, where it offers better delivery precision and flexibility.

    The sophisticated technology enables round-the-clock operations, while the electric drivelines means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and noise levels. A cloud-based service connects each vehicle to a transport control centre, which continuously monitors and optimises the logistics flow.

    In the near future, Vera will be further developed by Volvo Trucks together with selected customers in prioritised applications.
    volvotrucks.com/en-en/about-us/automation/vera.html

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    Volvo Vera Electric autonomous truck

    Published on Oct 12, 2018

    Vera is an autonomous vehicle that forms part of a larger system. It has the potential to optimise transport in highly-repetitive, short distance flows with large volumes of goods, such as ports, factory areas and logistical mega centres, where it offers better delivery precision and flexibility.

    The sophisticated technology enables round-the-clock operations, while the electric drivelines means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and noise levels. A cloud-based service connects each vehicle to a transport control centre, which continuously monitors and optimises the logistics flow.

    In the near future, Vera will be further developed by Volvo Trucks together with selected customers in prioritised applications.

    Combining automation, connectivity and electromobility open up for completely new possibilities to meet many of the challenges faced by our industry. In the development of Vera, Volvo Trucks has used its strengths in each of these three technological areas.

    “We can see a boom in e-commerce, as well as overall global consumption and it shows no signs of slowing down,” says Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions. “The industry needs to find new ways to meet the increased demand on transports in an efficient and sustainable way. Therefore, new solutions need to be developed to complement what’s available today.”

    Vera is designed for regular and repetitive tasks, over short distances, where large volumes of goods need to be delivered with high precision, such as in ports, factory areas and mega-logistics centres. This means that Volvo Trucks will not only be a provider of vehicles, but also of trouble-free transportation of goods from one hub to another.

    As it is automated, the solution can enable round-the-clock operations, helping to create a continuous flow of goods with higher delivery precision. The electric drivelines can potentially result in reduced noise, fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

    “Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today,” explains Mikael Karlsson. “It utilises the same infrastructure, such as standard containers and trailers. This is important since the global logistics system is not going to change overnight.”

    Vera has been developed for a specific type of application but has the potential to expand into other types of applications in the future. The challenge is that every application is unique, and requires a unique solution, so partnering with customers will be an important part of the development.

    “We’re unlikely to see a one-size-fits-all solution that will work for everyone, everywhere,” adds Mikael Karlsson. “It will differ depending on application and customer needs. Only by working closely together can we devise a customised solution that will harness the full benefits of these new emerging technologies, and Vera shows that Volvo Trucks is ready to undertake that journey. The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen.”

    Vera combines the benefits of three big technological areas – automation, connectivity and electromobility – to create optimal flows in transportation and logistics operations.

    The operation is handled by autonomous electric vehicles equipped with sophisticated systems for autonomous driving. They are designed to locate their current position to within centimetres, analyse what is happening with other road users, and then respond with high accuracy. Each vehicle operates at low speed to ensure maximum safety.

    The vehicles are entirely electric with low noise levels. The driveline and battery pack are of the same type that are used in Volvo Trucks’ electric trucks.

    Each vehicle is connected to a control centre. The transport control centre 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.

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