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Driverless log truck makes Goodwood debut

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.