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Scania to Implement Autonomous Truck Technology in Future Transport System

Published On Feb 29, 2016By Prashant Talreja

Scania, the Swedish bus and truck manufacturer, has been in the news for its extensive research and development programs on self-driving trucks. Earlier, few reports emerged online stating about the company intentions to conduct testing self-driving trucks for mining purposes. Now, according to the latest reports, Scania has commenced testing programs on specialized remote controlled mining trucks. These vehicles are intended to carry out diverse roles in mining and construction field.

Engineers with the support of Scania are studying the roles of these trucks in near future. Their work also focuses on whether these vehicles will be able to endure the actual mining conditions. Scania's self-driving truck “Astator” is currently undergoing mining simulations by performing duties of loading and unloading work.

"Mines are environments that are especially well suited to self-driving vehicles. The area is contained and the operator can control what equipment or personnel are working in the area," said Lars Hjorth, a member of Scania's Autonomous Transport Solutions. He further added, "A truck solution is more cost effective, with the total cost per transported tonne being significantly lower. The infrastructure costs are also reduced as trucks don’t require specially reinforced roads."

Commenting on the Scania's future plans, Mr. Hjorth says, "The next step could be self-driving container trucks in ports. And after that the technology will also come to the long haul transport sector, with self-driving vehicles driving between large transport centers where their cargoes are then loaded into last mile delivery trucks."

Various organizations and institutions have joined forces with the Swedish government in an aim to bring down traffic congestions and accidents by setting up broader autonomous goals. The German auto maker Mercedes and the Russian truck maker Kamaz have already begun testing programs on autonomous trucks, but Scania is the first to come up with self-driving concept for mining trucks.

See Also:

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