Seeing the Solution: Volvo Trucks North America President Peter Voorhoeve is focused on producing the right tool for the job
The former head of Volvo Group Australia, Peter Voorhoeve, was named Volvo Trucks North America President last September, and he was thrown into an industry where today’s talking points include electric trucks and automated driver assistance systems that will lead to higher levels of self-driving technology.
The Volvo Group has signed an agreement with Nvidia to jointly develop the decision-making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines.
The purpose of the collaboration is to implement Vera in a real application, enabling a connected system for a continuous flow of goods, from a DFDS’ logistics centre to an APM Terminals port facility in Gothenburg, for distribution across the world, Volvo says.
Daimler Trucks has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Torc Robotics for an undisclosed sum. Closing of the acquisition is subject to approval from U.S. authorities. The companies plan to work together to commercialize highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) on U.S. roads. As part of the overall agreements, the Torc team will work
Setting its sights on the future, Mercedes-Benz Vans recently rolled out an urban commercial vehicle concept it is calling Vision Urbanetic. The concept, the company noted, addresses the inherent challenges found in urban operating environments with solutions for meeting equipment needs and operational issues. At the core of the Vision Urbanetic mobility concept is a
Volvo Trucks announced the development of a new transport solution consisting of automated electric commercial vehicles that can contribute to more efficient, safer and cleaner transportation. According to Volvo Trucks, this solution is aimed at adding capacity and complementing today’s offerings to support fleets and drivers by relieving driver shortages and constraints on freight capacity.
These are the third and fourth of four parts looking at the future of automated trucks. We know they’re coming one day, but how soon will that be, what will they look like, and what needs to happen before they can get out on the road? Watch this series to find out. Missed parts one
We know automated trucks are coming one day, but how soon will that be, what will they look like, and what needs to happen before they can get out on the road? Watch this series of episodes from FE‘s Future Focus to find out. Parts one and two are below, and parts three and four
Now that we’ve moved past wondering whether the future includes automated trucks, it’s time to drill down to the specifics of what this will look like when these automated trucks are on the road. The initial automated trucks we see on the road will likely be Level 3 or 4—which are mostly autonomous but still
The future (of trucking) is not what we think it will be… but it’s pretty close. Consider science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation. In the early 1950s, Asimov envisioned a world in which human behavior was mathematically deconstructed and a printed encyclopedia contained all of humanity’s knowledge. Today, we can draw parallels within our trucking
Visions of trucking’s future are as nuanced as those who dare to picture it. The possibilities of today’s truck equipment technology serve as a sort of trucking Rorschach test—where one person looks at automated trucks and imagines a world without professional drivers, and others look at that same technology and can’t imagine that there wouldn’t