Can self-driving trucks make our roads safer?

It's not a terrible idea
by Ollie Kew | Sep 15, 2018
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The rise of the machines is taking aim at truck drivers. This is Volvo’s concept for a driverless, electric truck, or ‘semi’ if you prefer. Stop sniggering at the back, you’ll offend her. She’s called Vera.

Volvo says the idea is for ‘Vera’ to be monitored by a cloud-based service, speeding up the worldwide business of logistics. Because a driverless truck doesn’t need to take breaks, or pull over at a truck stop for a sleep at the end of a working day, it’d make enterprises that depend on trucking run more efficiently. Volvo says it’d be especially useful in busy hubs like ports and warehouses. Being electric, maintenance should be minimal and the only delays are for recharging. 

According to Mikael Karlsson, vice president of Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks, “Vera is still under development, as we need to take steps to secure safety aspects and can deliver a premium experience to our customers.

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