Swedish Trucking Startup, Einride Unveils Autonomous Electric Transport
A Swedish autonomous trucking startup, Einride, has unveiled a new vehicle type that it hopes to be plying the roads and delivering freight beginning in 2021. The vehicles are known as Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) and they come in four variations.
The first two, AET 1 and AET 2 have top speeds of 30 km/h, and a battery range of 130-180 km. AET 3 and AET 4 have top speeds of 45 km/h and 85 km/h, respectively.
The major difference between the four AET variants is the conditions under which the car can drive autonomously. AET 1 is designed to operate within a geofence or a defined geographic area, while AET 2 can operate outside a geofence using teleoperation (remote control). AET 3 is designed to operate in rural settings while AET 4 for highway driving.
The Autonomous Electric Transport has no steering wheels, pedals, windshields, and no cabin at all. Einride had previously unveiled eye-catching prototype vehicles since its inception in 2016.
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In 2017, it released the cabin-less T-Pod. Four of those T-Pod’s are still operating on public roads hauling freight for Swedish food producer, Oatly.
In 2019, Einride unveiled the T-Log which it built to be more powerful which was used for hauling tons of giant tree logs. Einride has been testing and seeking regulatory approval for its vehicles. It can control all the vehicles electric using a human operator, and autonomously without human intervention.
CEO Robert Falck said the Autonomous Electric Transport is more aerodynamic than the previous iterations. He says this will help when the company begins to scale up its manufacturing. “When you nail a design the first time, why reinvent the wheel?” the CEO said.
Einride claims the new vehicles will “reduce transport costs by up to 60 percent and CO2 emissions by a staggering 90 percent”. Additionally, it says it is using Nvidia’s self-driving software to achieve complete driverlessness under certain conditions. It says it can control the trucks using a remote operator hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation technology.
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