Scania presented their new concept truck: it is fully Autonomous – the driver is not even in place, since the cabin is missing. In motion it causes the internal combustion engine on biofuel.
Driving the truck is done with the help of intelligent module: it translates data and instructions, and AXL runs the commands in Autonomous mode. The design of the machine developed by “taking into account the possible exploitation in severe conditions quarries and construction sites”.
One of the advantages of the new concept in Scania call it full autonomy. Unlike unmanned truck competitors, Scania AXL no controls and even the driver’s seat that “greatly changes the rules of the game”.
The company also stated that the concept of AXL was “an important step towards intelligent transport systems of the future where self-driving vehicles will be a familiar part of the environment”.
While Scania mastered in a new field, Volvo Trucks is already fully exploiting unmanned tractors Vera. This summer they started to ply on public roads, transporting containers from the logistics centre in Gothenburg to sea loading port. All tractors Vera are combined into a single network connected to the cloud service and are controlled by operators remotely. The speed of vehicles can reach 40 kilometers per hour.
What are the pros and cons of these developments do you see?