Date: 6 months ago   Category: Auto

Volvo tests pilotless electric dump trucks


The Swedish Volvo brand has brought the electric special equipment equipped with options of pilotless management to tests. It is specified that 10 weeks tests will carry out in the territory of a pit of Vikan-Kross in the neighborhood of the Gothenburg, Sweden.

among the tested cars have appeared eight autonomous HX2 dump trucks with electric motors. Besides, the company has begun to test the 70-ton EX1 excavator with diesel and electric engines and also the LX1 wheel loader equipped with hybrid installation.

Swedes intend to reduce quantity of the harmful exhausts which are thrown out during tests and also to reduce approximately by a quarter of costs of operation of special equipment.

To this Volvo Trucks together with Renovo which utilizes waste have started tests of the pilotless garbage truck on the basis of Volvo FM 330. The car I have received an optical range finder of LiDAR, touch sensors and the GPS navigator.

If the garbage truck goes to the area, unfamiliar for his systems, it is necessary that the person operated him. During the first trip the system makes the card of placement of trash cans and remembers a situation. For the second time the garbage truck can go along a familiar route without driver. At the same time the autopilot is able to find unexpected obstacles in a way and to go round them.

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