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Sweden begins first public road trials of electric autonomous truck

Sweden begins first public road trials of electric autonomous truck

Sweden-based start-up Einride, which is working on bringing out an autonomous all-electric truck or ‘T-pod’ had partnered global logistic service provider DB Schenker last year, when the partners undertook the first installation of the T-pod at a DB Schenker facility in Jonkoping, Sweden. This the company says was the first commercial installation of its kind in the world.

On March 7, the Swedish Transport Agency and Einride conducted a so-called Site Acceptance Test (SAT) – a test under real-world conditions – at the facility in Jonkoping. The government agency concluded that the T-pod is able to operate in accordance with Swedish traffic regulations. Now Einride has announced that it has got the approval from the Swedish Transport Agency for public road/real world trial of the T-pod.

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

Robert Falck, CEO and founder, Einride said: “Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions. The pilot in Jonkoping is a small but important step towards a sustainable transport system. The permit from the Swedish Transport Agency is an important testimonial to the safety of the solution.”

The permit from the Swedish agency applies to a short distance on a public road within an industrial area – between a warehouse and a terminal – where traffic speeds are typically low. The permit is valid until December 31, 2020. The partners will begin using the T-pod for daily transport between a warehouse and a terminal later this year.

Einride and DB Schenker initiated their partnership in April 2018. The agreement includes the pilot in […]

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