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Scania reveals new cabless autonomous concept truck



In the mines and construction sites of the near-future will resources and materials be transported by autonomous trucks? Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer Scania seems to think so, and in an effort to bring that future closer to the present has revealed its new cabless, autonomous concept truck, the Scania AXL.
Scania reveals new cabless autonomous concept truck
(Image via Scania).

Bringing together a team of experts from its various divisions Scania attempted to create an autonomous commercial vehicle which could streamline transport assignments and make them more sustainable. The result was the Scania AXL concept truck, which is steered and monitored by an ‘intelligent control environment’. 

Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson described the development of the concept saying:

“With the Scania AXL concept truck, we are taking a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part. We continue to build and pilot concepts to demonstrate what we can do with the technology that is available today.”
Scania's AXL concept takes autonomy a step further by removing the driver cab altogether
(Image via Scania).

Whilst Scania already has several autonomous pilot trucks in operation, the AXL stands out as being the first vehicle without a cab for a driver / observer:

“We already have self-driving trucks in customer operations. However so far, they have been with room for a safety driver who can intervene if necessary. Scania AXL does not have a cab and that changes the game significantly,” said Claes Erixon, Head of Research and Development at Scania. “The development in self-driving vehicles has made great strides in the past years. We still don’t have all the answers, but through concept vehicles like the Scania AXL we break new ground and continue to learn at great speed.”
The Scania AXL's intelligent control environment which controls the vehicle, is located in a module at the front of the vehicle.
(Image via Scania).

At the core of the AXL concept sits its intelligent control environment (which is situated in a module at the front of the vehicle), however other novel features include the truck’s use of renewable biofuel as a fuel source.

The first live demo of the Scania AXL concept truck is expected to take place in early October in Sweden.

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Recent Comments
This is a bad idea; in this era of joblessness, people are keen in creating machines that would take up drivers' jobs. Scania should abandon this idea.
AgentNnamdi , 25 September 2019
Why spend money, lots of it, removing jobs for the workforce when all this money could be used for cleaning up the mess homo sapiens leaves on this world, people need to learn to clean up after themselves ...
Ian Joel, 25 September 2019
Absolutely NUTS !!!! Another Boeing 737 MAX on wheels.. Can someone define: self-driving technology?? A few GEEKS in Silicon Valley or China writing some software, then many other *pimple-faced* teens playing with *joysticks* driving trucks. Aha, and this teen would gas-up his truck few times a day, again using his joystick commands?? or the truck gas itself?????? Again, NUTS !!!
Andre Gurses, 09 October 2019
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