Volvo says its new self-driving truck, based on an existing FH platform, navigates and operates entirely autonomously using Lidar and GPS technology to continuously 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. The truck requires no manual supervision, but rather is part of the customer’s total transport solution that controls the entire delivery process.
The Volvo Group has been conducting research into autonomous transport solutions for several years and unveiled the autonomous concept truck for hub-to-hub transportations last week at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.
The Hub-2-Hub is designed to operate in semi-confined areas like harbours and dedicated lanes on highways. Martin Lundstedt, president and CEO at Volvo Group, said “Although this technology may be years away from production, it will undoubtedly influence our future offering and has the potential to develop smart societies for the future."