Volvo’s vision automated, electrified, connected
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.
Anything is possible
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.