Volvo Trucks has teamed up with Denmark-based ferry and logistics company DFDS to put its electric, connected and autonomous vehicle, Vera, in the real-world environment of Gothenburg docks.
The eye-catching solution is ideally suited to short, repetitive assignments in logistics, factories, mines and ports, transporting large volumes of goods with high precision.
Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks, said, “Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations.”
The aim is to implement a connected system consisting of several Vera vehicles monitored by a control room. The purpose is to enable a seamless and constant flow responsive to demands on greater efficiency, flexibility and sustainability.
The collaboration with DFDS is a first step towards implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area.
Torben Carlsen, CEO of DFDS said, “We want to be at the forefront of connected, autonomous transportation. This collaboration will help us develop an efficient, flexible and sustainable long-term solution for receiving autonomous vehicles arriving at our gates, benefitting our customers, the environment and our business.”