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Automation

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.

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The first autonomous commercial solution

The first autonomous commercial solution

Volvo Trucks has signed a landmark agreement with Brønnøy Kalk AS in Norway to provide its first commercial autonomous solution transporting limestone from an open pit mine to a nearby port.
The solution consists of limestone being transported by six autonomous Volvo FH trucks on a five kilometer stretch through tunnels between the mine itself and the crusher.

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Ground-breaking innovations

Ground-breaking innovations

Vera is a system in which autonomous electric vehicles are coordinated to ensure as efficient, and safe goods transport as possible, as well as a new electric compact wheel loader concept.

The system is intended for use within areas characterised by short distances, large cargo volumes and high delivery precision, for example between logistic hubs.

 

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Volvo demonstrates autonomous bus

Volvo demonstrates autonomous bus

The prototype is based on Volvo’s commercially produced electric city bus, which has been modified for autonomous operation. The 12-metre bus is designed to give its passengers a safe and comfortable ride. It is programmed to accelerate and brake gently and smoothly when starting off and stopping. At bus stops, the bus always halts in exactly the same position, with the same gap between the bus and the platform for convenient entry and exit.

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Our first completely autonomous truck

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.

World’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry

World’s first ‘emission-free’ quarry

Today Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska began testing the viability of its Electric Site concept. The system, which incorporates electric and autonomous Volvo machines, will run in a real production environment for 10 weeks – delivering an anticipated 95% reduction in carbon emissions and 25% reduction in total cost of operations.

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Self-driving refuse truck

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.

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Advantages with Automation

Optimization of traffic flow

Reduction of fuel consumption

Road safety improvements

Voices on Automation

Volvo drives the development of automation forward

Volvo drives the development of automation forward

Development in automation moves fast and the technical limits are few.

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Jenny Elfsberg

Jenny Elfsberg

Director Emerging Technologies at Volvo Construction Equipment.

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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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