Driverless trucks could soon help ferry felled logs from remote locations.
Swedish tech start-up Einride has revealed the T-log, an autonomous, all-electric logging truck designed to replace the polluting diesel trucks currently used.
Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it has no driver’s cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away.
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Equipped with cameras, lidars and radars, it has 360-degree awareness of its surroundings, and one operator can take control of an entire fleet remotely
Battery capacity: 300 kWh
Carrying capacity: 16 ton
Distance travelled on one charge: 120 miles
Width: 2,552 m
Height: 3,563 m
Length: 7,338 m
Fleet of T-logs will be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making the transport as efficient as possible, the firm behind it says.
Robert Falck, the CEO of Einride, the firm behind the truck, said: ‘The driver’s cab is what makes trucks expensive to produce, and having a driver in the cabin is what makes them expensive to operate.
‘Remove the cabin and replace the driver with an operator who can monitor and remote-control several vehicles at once and costs can be reduced significantly.
‘In addition, operating a vehicle from a distance allows for a much better working environment, as has already been demonstrated in industries like mining.’
‘With the T-log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigours of a demanding environment.’
Powered by the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform, the T-log is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving, meaning no human intervention is needed.
Emitting no greenhouse gases or toxic nitrogen oxides, the T-log is an environmentally and health friendly alternative to diesel powered trucks.
Equipped with cameras, lidars and radars, it has 360-degree awareness of its surroundings – no blind spots, no dead angles.
Robert Falck said: ‘Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions. Add to that the tens of thousands of people who die every year from NOx pollution – effectively poisoned by diesel fumes – and you have every reason to look for a more sustainable alternative.
Emitting no greenhouse gases or toxic nitrogen oxides, einride says the T-log is an environmentally and health friendly alternative to diesel powered trucks
‘The T-log eliminates those emissions entirely, by replacing diesel with electricity. Technology has progressed to make it happen.
‘And because it can be done, it must be done.’
Einride hopes to introduce the T-log to public roads by 2020.
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