Einride's T-Pod, an all-electric driver-free truck, has started delivering a stretch of public road in Sweden. Einride and customer DB Schenker call deliveries as their first in the world.
The T-Pod is an independent level 4 vehicle as a zamboni, or perhaps more precisely a freight container on wheels. can be controlled externally by a human operator if necessary. The T-Pod has an electronically limited top speed of 85 km / h, but during this initial delivery test, the Transport Agency has limited its speed to a glacier 5 km / h (3 mph). The vehicle uses a 200 kWh battery, which Einride requirements can take T-Pod up to 200 km (124 miles) on a charge. When fully loaded, T-Pod weighs 26 tons.
Currently, T-Pod only runs a short stretch of public road between a warehouse and a terminal. Einrid's T-Pod permission to operate on a short, slow ride is valid until the end of 2020.
Robert Falck, director of Einride, said public road permits are an important milestone. He also told Reuters that the company is in talks with major vendors:
"Since we are a software and operational first company, a partnership with a manufacturing company is something we see as a core ahead."
Falck also said the company would be looking for more public permits, and Einride has an eye on US expansion. He said, "Ground zero for autonomous vehicles is the US. I think it will be the first market to be scaled for autonomous vehicles."
Last year, Einride revealed another all-electric, autonomous truck ̵
To watch the T-Pod in action, check out the video below:
And here are some more pictures for a better, versatile view of T-Pod:
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