One of the more unusual vehicles to make its debut at last week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was an autonomous logging truck, designed to carry up to 16-tons of felled trees.
The Einride T-Log is a fully electric, completely driverless truck and doesn’t even have a cab, as it doesn’t need one.
TheT-Log comes equipped with off-road capability and all-wheel-drive. Unlike other driverless vehicles, it can navigate dense, uneven and unmapped forest roads, using self-driving software from US technology firm Nvidia.
The trucks can also be controlled by a remote operator who is located hundreds of miles away using teleoperation technology.
The lack of a cab allows for more loadspace, payload and greater efficiency out of the vehicle’s electric motor and 16kWh battery pack.
Robert Falck, Einride CEO, said: “Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in [its] ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system.
“With the T-Log, we’ve created a vehicle that can withstand the rigours of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs.”
Einride says the first T-Log trucks should be in service by 2020.