Volvo has named its self driving truck as Vera and it will be the product specifically developed based on the Volvo’s concept for a driverless electric truck. Vera will also be offered with the option of semi electric option depending on the customer’s preference. This introduction of driverless truck is a part of the advancement of machinery implemented in the trucks. The capacity of this self driving truck is up to 32 tonnes. Powering the Vera is the Volvo’s 185 KW engine and ranging up to 186 miles.
Volvo says “the idea is for ‘Vera’ to be monitored by a cloud-based service, speeding up the worldwide business of logistics. Because a driverless truck doesn’t need to take breaks, or pull over in a grotty layby for a sleep at the end of a working day, it’d make enterprises that depend on trucking run more efficiently. Volvo says it’d be especially useful in busy hubs like ports and warehouses. Being electric, maintenance should be minimal and the only delays are for recharging.”
According to Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks, “Vera is still under development, as we need to take steps to secure safety aspects and can deliver a premium experience to our customers. Round the clock operations could mean faster delivery times for consumer products. Moreover, since the vehicles are electric, society can benefit from reduced noise, road congestion and exhaust emissions.”
However, the launch of the self driving truck will be advantages as it imposes less risk towards accident. On the other hand the economic conditions of the truck drivers make them work over time on little sleep, imposing greater risk of accidents. Moreover, these trucks emit high level of carbon and noise pollution and therefore Volvo is working on this issue to find a solution. The Vera will emit much lower noise and will run with no emissions.
Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson said, “The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade. The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers.”
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