Volvo’s Vera autonomous tractor is moving trailers for DFDS in Gothenburg
Volvo Trucks has announced its new “electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will form part of an integrated solution to transport goods from a logistics centre to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. The assignment is a result of a new collaboration between Volvo Trucks and the ferry and logistics company, DFDS”.
“The purpose of the collaboration is to implement Vera in a real application”, Volvo Trucks continued, “enabling a connected system for a continuous flow of goods, from a DFDS’ logistics centre to an APM Terminals port facility in Gothenburg, for distribution across the world”.
Vera has a top speed of 25km/h, and part of its journey in Gothenburg is on a public road. “Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations,” said Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks”.
Vera highlights how autonomous vehicles have the potential to bring change to the container handling equipment market. Volvo Trucks has never made ‘conventional’ terminal tractors, but has supplied engines to tractor OEM’s including Kalmar and Terberg through Volvo Group company Volvo Penta. Now that Volvo trucks is developing autonomous vehicles it is looking for applications to introduce this technology.
“Vera is designed for regular and repetitive tasks, over short distances, where large volumes of goods need to be delivered with high precision, such as in ports, factory areas and mega-logistics centres. This means that Volvo Trucks will not only be a provider of vehicles, but also of trouble-free transportation of goods from one hub to another,” the company stated.
With regard to the DFDS application: “The aim is to implement a connected system consisting of several Vera vehicles monitored by a control tower,” Volvo Trucks stated. “The purpose is to enable a seamless and constant flow responsive to demands on greater efficiency, flexibility and sustainability. The collaboration with DFDS is a first step towards implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area”.
“We want to be at the forefront of connected, autonomous transportation. This collaboration will help us develop an efficient, flexible and sustainable long-term solution for receiving autonomous vehicles arriving at our gates, benefitting our customers, the environment and our business” said Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS.