WASHINGTON, DC – Change is said to be one of the certainties in life, and Volvo Trucks is preparing for a future that is electrified, automated, and connected. But the company doesn’t expect fully autonomous or electric linehaul trucks anytime soon.
“It’s a time of revolution when it comes to engineering and technologies,” Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said during a media roundtable in Washington, DC. “This is the most fascinating and challenging era ever.”
While Volvo expects electric trucks to emerge, the company’s electrification strategy is focusing on applications like ports, urban centers, and construction rather than the open road.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Wabco Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire RH Sheppard — a U.S. maker of power steering gears — securing access to a key piece of technology needed for self-driving vehicles.
BANFF, AB – Announcements about various advances in autonomous vehicles are coming fast and furious. Demonstrations have been held on tracks and highways alike. In its latest budget, Ontario even committed $80 million over five years to create an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network. Just don’t expect driverless trucks to be a reality anytime soon.
Where are we headed? Well, with enormous potential waiting to burst, we’re in the midst of the second industrial revolution. It’s all about the Internet of Things, meaning a network of physical things embedded with electronics and sensors and internet connectivity — and crucially, the ability to exchange data. Put a savvy truck in the middle of that network and start thinking about what it could link up with.
PALO ALTO, CA – Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is turning his sights to commercial vehicles, unveiling a “master plan” for the company that includes producing a new Tesla Semi.
“In addition to consumer vehicles, there are two other types of electric vehicle needed: heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport,” he writes in the plan that was posted last night. “Both are in the early stages of development at Tesla and should be ready for unveiling next year. We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.”