NEW YORK, N.Y. – A Swedish start-up has introduced an autonomous, all-electric logging truck.
The T-log, introduced by Einride, features off-road capabilities and is designed to navigate forest roads. It was showcased at the Festival of Speed.
“Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in our ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system,” said Einride CEO Robert Falck. “With the T-log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigors of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs.”
The driverless truck uses Nvidia Drive’s self-driving platform and is SEA Level 4 autonomous. It has no driver cab but can be remote-controlled by a human, from hundreds of miles away. The lack of a cab increases loading capacity, the company claims.
An intelligent routing system that taps into real-time traffic data allows the T-log to adjust its route and avoid congestion.
“The driver’s cab is what makes trucks expensive to produce, and having a driver in the cabin is what makes them expensive to operate,” said Falck. “Remove the cabin and replace the driver with an operator who can monitor and remote-control several vehicles at once and costs can be reduced significantly. In addition, operating a vehicle from a distance allows for a much better working environment, as has already been demonstrated in industries like mining.”
Have your say
This is a moderated forum. Comments will no longer be published unless they are accompanied by a first and last name and a verifiable email address. (Today's Trucking will not publish or share the email address.) Profane language and content deemed to be libelous, racist, or threatening in nature will not be published under any circumstances.