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Einride launches driverless EVs to global market

Swedish freight mobility firm Einride, has launched a range of Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles, the next generation of its electric and self-driving ‘Pod’.

Available on the global market for the first time, businesses worldwide will be able to take advantage of this new smart technology and begin shipping sustainably and intelligently as early as 2021.

This series of Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles, ranging from AET 1 to AET 4, has been uniquely designed and developed for SAE level 4 self-driving and will enable businesses to reduce transport costs by up to 60 per cent and CO2 emissions by 90 per cent, according to Einride.

The AET’s unique architecture and intelligent routing software allows for safe operations without a driver, with additional proprietary remote operations technology to enable scaling of operators per vehicle.

Available for pre-order, AET 1 and 2 are suitable for closed fenced facilities, harbours and public roads with the AET 3 and 4, available from 2022-2023, boasting high speed functionality suited to long-distance highways and larger warehouses.

Einride CEO and founder, Robert Falck commented: “We can already see a strong traction from the market to start using autonomous and electric transport. The benefits are clear and we want to be the player in the market that can help our customers to make the transition to a better future of transport happen.”

Eliminating diesel with electricity and emitting no greenhouse gases or toxic nitrogen oxides, the Pod is an environmentally and health friendly alternative to diesel powered trucks. Equipped with cameras, lidars and radars, it has 360-degree awareness of its surroundings, removing the need for a driver and resulting in no blind spots, no dead angles.

With this technology, the Pods can operate independently, do not require platooning and are able to pull into and connect to charging stations along the routes on their own.