Volvo’s Autonomous “VERA” Gets Her First Job
Gothenburg, Sweden – In what Volvo Trucks hopes will be a preview of coming attractions in the U.S., it’s autonomous transport “truck” called “Vera” is getting her first job.
According to Volvo, Vera’s first assignment is to move containers from the DFDS logistics centre in Gothenburg to an APM terminal in the port.
In a release, Volvo said the purpose of the collaboration is to implement Vera in a “real application.”
Volvo Trucks first introduced Vera in 2018 and believes she will perform well over short distances while transporting large volumes of goods with high precision.
The company said she is best suited for “repetitive flows” with a maximum speed of about 25 mph.
Vera’s autonomous system is monitored by an operator in a control tower who is also responsible for the transport.
“Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations,” said Mikael Karlsson, Vice President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks.
Vera’s objective is to provide a seamless and constant flow responsive to demands on greater efficiency, flexibility and sustainability, according to Volvo.
The company also hopes the collaboration with DFDS will be a first step towards “implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area.”
The autonomous transport solution will be further developed in terms of technology, operations management and infrastructure adaptations, before it can be fully operational, Volvo’s release stated.
Volvo said it is taking necessary safety precautions in order to “meet societal requirements for a safe path towards autonomous transports.”
Karlsson reiterated that the company is moving full-speed ahead on its autonomous vehicle development.
“Autonomous transports with low noise levels and zero exhaust emissions have an important role to play in the future of logistics, and will benefit both business and society, Karlsson stated.
“Vera may have a speed limit, but we don’t. Testing has already started and we intend to implement the solution within the coming years,” he proclaimed.
WATCH running footage of Vera on public roads and in a port terminal below.