Cab-less autonomous truck completes first public run

Einride, the developer of autonomous, electric vehicles for the transportation industry, has completed the first run of its cab-less electric truck on a public road.

The company’s T-pod made its inaugural run at DB Schenker’s facility in Jönköping, Sweden, where the vehicle will be used to transport goods between a warehouse and terminal.

“Autonomous trucks will become increasingly important for the logistics sector,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker. “Together with Einride, we have now introduced autonomous, fully electric trucks to a continuous flow on a public road – a milestone in the transition to the transport system of tomorrow.”

The companies entered into a commercial agreement in April 2018 that includes the installation of the autonomous, all-electric T-pod at DB Schenker’s facility in Jönköping, with an option for additional pilot projects internationally.

In March, the Swedish Transport Agency concluded that the vehicle is able to operate in accordance with Swedish traffic regulations and approved Einride’s application to expand the pilot to a public road within the industrial area.

“This day represents a major milestone in Einride’s history, and for our movement to create a safe, efficient and sustainable transport solution, based on autonomous, electric vehicles, that has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from road freight transport by up to 90 percent,” said Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride.

According to Einride, its T-pod is capable of SAE Level 4 autonomous driving. It doesn’t have a driver’s cab, but can be controlled remotely by a human operator when required.

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