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Volvo’s Vera in autonomous transportation to port

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Volvo Trucks’ autonomous, electric and connected vehicle Vera is to transport goods from the logistics centre of ferry company DFDS Group to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The exercise is designed to test Vera in a real and connected application enabling a continuous flow of goods from a DFDS logistics centre to an APM Terminals port facility in Gothenburg, for distribution across the world. In 2018 Volvo Trucks revealed the truck – its first electric, connected and autonomous vehicle – designed for repetitive assignments in logistics centres, factories and ports.

According to Volvo, Vera is suited for short distances, transporting large volumes of goods with high precision. Volvo’s aim is to have a connected system consisting of several Vera vehicles monitored by a control tower enabling a seamless and constant flow responsive to demands for greater efficiency, flexibility and sustainability.

The manufacturer says the collaboration with DFDS is a first step towards implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area. Mikael Karlsson, vice president autonomous solutions at Volvo Trucks said: “Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations.

“Autonomous transport, with low noise levels and zero exhaust emissions, has an important role to play in the future of logistics.”