We're used to seeing autonomous auto concepts, and even autonomous trucks.
Volvo's long-term goal is to offer companies that need continuous transport services between fixed hubs a complement to today's offerings.
"Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade", Volvo Trucks President Claes Nilsson said. If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions.
In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than now.
The vehicle has a lower operating speed than a normal truck for safety reasons which means they are even more likely to block highways than existing trucks. "The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today's solutions and can help meet numerous challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers".
Volvo Trucks, the world's number two in heavy-duty trucks, on Wednesday gave its vision of the future of goods transportation. "Transports between logistic hubs are typical examples, but additional use cases can also be applicable". As more experience is gained and the technology advances, the applications will be expanded.
Mikael Karlsson, Volvo's Vice President of Autonomous Solutions, said: "Our system can be seen as an extension of the advanced logistics solutions that many industries already apply today".
All of these systems are created to ensure the Vera can locate its current position to within centimetres, monitor in detail and analyze what is happening with other road users, and then respond with high accuracy.
The autonomous vehicles will operate by linking via cloud technology to other trucks and to an operations center.
As with an industrial production process, speed and progress are tailored to avoid unnecessary waiting and to increase delivery precision.
Volvo Trucks is now looking for companies interested in the autonomous and cabless concept and wants to partner with them to develop transport solutions around Vera.