Date: 8 months ago   Category: Auto

Volvo has started tests of pilotless electric dump trucks


Volvo Group has begun tests of the special heavy machinery equipped with electric motors and the systems of automatic control. Tests which will last 10 weeks started in the territory of a pit of Vikan-Kross near the Swedish Gothenburg.

the Test park consists of eight electric career pilotless HX2 dump trucks on electric draft, the 70-ton EX1 excavator with diesel electric installation and also a hybrid prototype of the LX1 wheel loader. The main task of engineers consists in decrease in number of harmful emissions during tests and also cutting of costs for operation of the equipment approximately on a quarter.

Before the Volvo Trucks company and the Swedish utilizer of waste Renovo have started tests of the garbage truck with the systems of automatic control. The UAV is constructed on the basis of the Volvo FM 330 truck which was equipped with the GPS navigator, the system of sensors and an optical laser range finder of LiDAR.

When the garbage truck for the first time goes to the unknown for itself the area, is operated by the driver, however the system remembers a surrounding situation, forming the virtual card with an arrangement of trash cans.

the car can move after that already independently from a point to a point. At the same time the autopilot is capable to find unforeseen obstacles in the road and to interfere with steering to go round them.

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