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Volvo Company has just announced new self-driving electric vehicle concept that is called Vera. The self-driving electric vehicle is an autonomous, electric vehicle that can operate with considerably less exhaust emissions and low noise levels. It is controlled and monitored via a control centre, and has the potential to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient.
The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg. While its core activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment, Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems and financial services. In 2016, it was the world’s second largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks.
Volvo Trucks in the near future will further develop the concept together with selected customers. While there is not mentioned an accurate time, in future we will see something like the Vera operating over short distances in repetitive flows. And according to their official website “We believe that automation will redefine the commercial transport solutions that most of us rely on every day. Automation will create real-life benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency. Since the ideal automation level is determined by its added value for customers and society, Volvo Group will introduce automated applications gradually over time”.
“We can see a boom in e-commerce, as well as overall global consumption and it shows no signs of slowing down,” says Mikael Karlsson, Volvo’s Vice President Autonomous Solutions. “The industry needs to find new ways to meet the increased demand on transports in an efficient and sustainable way. Therefore, new solutions need to be developed to complement what’s available today.”
As mentioned Mikael Karlsson, Vice President 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.”
Source: www.volvogroup.com, newatlas.com
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