The future of automation is happening now

We believe that automation will redefine the commercial transport solutions that most of us rely on every day.
Automation will create real-life benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency.

Since the ideal automation level is determined by its added value for customers and society, Volvo Group will introduce automated applications gradually over time.

Voices on Automation

Torbjörn Holmström

Listen to the interesting panel discussion “Nothing to fear in a connected world” with Torbjörn Holmström, Volvo Group and Malavika Jayaram, Digital Asia Hub.

Jenny Elfsberg

Director Emerging Technologies at Volvo Construction Equipment.

Advantages with Automation

Optimization of traffic flow

Reduction of fuel consumption

Road safety improvements

Our ongoing research projects

Our first completely autonomous truck

The self-driving FMX truck is part of a research and development project involving autonomous vehicles, intended to create greater business advantages for customers, mainly in the mining industry.

The research project is a cooperative venture in which we and Saab – through its wholly owned technology consulting company Combitech – are partnering to develop a fully autonomous transport system solution.

Xploration Forum

Xploration Forum

Watch the new range of futuristic innovations and technological advancements that embrace electromobility, intelligent machines and total site that Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled September 14, 2016.

Xploration Forum
Autonomous, self-driving refuse truck

Autonomous, self-driving refuse truck

The autonomous refuse truck is designed to make driving safer in built-up areas, not least when reversing. Sensors continuously monitor the vehicle’s vicinity and the truck stops immediately if an obstacle suddenly appears in its path. The route is pre-programmed and the truck drives itself from one wheelie-bin to the next. The driver, who walks ahead of the reversing vehicle, can focus on refuse collection and does not have to climb into and out of the cab every time the truck moves to a new bin.

The joint project with Renova will continue until end of 2017.

Read more at press releases

News around the world

Levels of Automation

5 levels of automation

Various solutions will be required depending on the degree of automation that is sought and the complexity of the situation where the transport solution is to operate.

Driver only: Driver is fully engaged all the time.

Assisted: Automation of individual function, driver fully engaged – Driver may be “feet off” e.g. when using cruise control.

Partial Automation: Automated of multiple functions, driver fully engaged – Driver may be both “feet off” and “hands off”, but eyes must stay on the road.

Conditional Automation: Automation of multiple functions, driver responds to a request to intervene – Driver may be “feet off”, “hands off” and “eyes off”, but must be able to resume control quickly.

High Automation: Automated in certain conditions, driver not expected to monitor road – Driver has no responsibility during automated mode.

Full Automation: Situation independent automated driving – Driver has no responsibility during driving.

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