Autonomous logging truck optimizes efficiencies.
Swedish tech start-up Einride unveiled its latest product at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK – the T-log, an autonomous, all-electric logging truck designed to navigate forest roads.
The T-log is capable of level 4 self-driving. It has no driver’s cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away.
Intelligent routing software provides it with real-time traffic data, which means the T-log can adjust its route to avoid congestion miles ahead. A fleet of T-logs can be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making the transport as efficient as possible.
“The driver’s cab is what makes trucks expensive to produce, and having a driver in the cabin is what makes them expensive to operate,” said Robert Falck, CEO of Einride. “Remove the cabin and replace the driver with an operator who can monitor and remote-control several vehicles at once and costs can be reduced significantly. In addition, operating a vehicle from a distance allows for a much better working environment, as has already been demonstrated in industries like mining.”