Swedish automaker Scania unveils a prototype of an unmanned mining truck without a cab.
Existing models of autonomous trucks are still there for the driver to take over as needed. However, the Swedes have developed a next-generation mining truck concept calculated exclusively for autonomous movement.
Scania AXL tells him the external logistics system where to go and what to do. It runs on biofuels and uses cameras, radars, laser beams, GPS and LiDAR to navigate the world around it. A special luminous strip is installed on the body around the entire car, with the help of which the truck signals that it has detected people or objects that are excluded. This is done to reassure others that the dump truck sees them and does not load on them..
The World’s first fully autonomous dump truck leaving Minexpo 2016
So far, this is only a concept, but the company says it is using the technology available today. AXL is not ready for a chaotic street environment, but the control system is capable of handling more predictable mining and construction site conditions.
In addition to increasing the usable space of the body, the absence of the cabin mass of the car itself, which increases its efficiency and allows you not to worry about the safety of drivers in the event of an accident.
As a reminder, there is a 110-ton electric dump truck in the Swiss quarry that never needs to be recharged as it stores enough energy when descending with a load..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo and video: Scania Group
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