VIDEO: Volvo Unveils Prototype of First On-Highway Autonomous Semi-Truck
Greensboro, NC – Volvo Trucks has unveiled a prototype of its first ever autonomous semi built for on-highway use.
On Tuesday, the truck maker released a video revealing a prototype of an autonomous VNL model in partnership with driverless tech company Aurora.
Earlier this year, Aurora announced it had entered into an agreement with the Volvo Group’s driverless business unit called Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS) to “commercialize L4 Class 8 trucks in North America.”
“We are proud that our Volvo VNL model will serve as the foundation for the development of North American autonomous trucks to offer our customers the next generation of safe, efficient and sustainable transport solutions,” said Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America.
Aurora has been working with the Volvo since 2018 and not only plans to bring driverless technology-equipped big rigs to market, but also develop an autonomous offering through Volvo’s Transport-as-a-Service to support a hub-to-hub service.
“This includes identifying specific regions and routes to serve as the initial hubs for on-road highway testing,” VAS said in a release.
WATCH the video reveal of Volvo’s autonomous VNL prototype below.