Updated: Jul 7
Written by Kfir Kedem - June 15, 2020
Volvo has developed a fully autonomous and electric distribution vehicle to replace tractor-style trucks. The concept vehicle is called the Volvo Vera and is currently targeted to transport goods between logistic hubs and ports. To test the concept, Volvo has had the Vera driving in one port in Gothenburg, Sweden. This test showed that the current design is perfect for short-distance distribution of large freights.
The unique design shows similarities to standard truck design, such as a fifth wh
eel (a connection point of a truck and a goods trailer) and a normal-looking axle setup. Almost identical to a traditional truck design, the main design difference is the lack of a cabin for a driver to sit in.
Volvo has stated that there is still further development to be made, however, they believe that developing an autonomous vehicle with zero noise or emissions is an important step for them to take in helping innovate the logistics industry and better the environment.
Auto Trendy’s take:
We agree with Volvo’s view that their development marks a big step forward for the distribution industry. Currently, the concept is only functional for short distances, but with further autonomous vehicle regulation, battery development, and EV drivetrain solutions, the Vera could easily replace the long- haul truck.