Scania AXL: Cabless Transporter Concept

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Scania AXL: Cabless Transporter Concept

A group of Scania experts in different fields teamed up to develop a concept truck that does not have a cab – the Scania AXL. But still has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design.

Currently, different industries look to streamline transport assignments and make them more sustainable. This leads to an increasing consideration of self-driving vehicles. Controlled locations like mines and closed construction sites are environments that are favorable for self-driving pilots.

With the Scania AXL concept truck, we are taking a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part,

said Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.

We continue to build and pilot concepts to demonstrate what we can do with the technology that is available today.

The Scania AXL is steered and monitored by an intelligent control environment. In mines, for example, the autonomous operations are facilitated by a logistics system that tells the vehicle how it should perform. Scania calls this a milestone in the development of heavy self-driving vehicles.

We already have self-driving trucks in customer operations. However so far, they have been with room for a safety driver who can intervene if necessary. Scania AXL does not have a cab and that changes the game significantly,

says Claes Erixon, Head of Research and Development at Scania.

The development in self-driving vehicles has made great strides in the past years. We still don’t have all the answers, but through concept vehicles like Scania AXL we break new ground and continue to learn at great speed.

The concept vehicle is powered by a conventional combustion engine powered by renewable biofuel – an example of how traditional and new technology are mixed.

The robust and powerful features and design of the Scania AXL match the tougher environments in mines and large construction sites. A new intelligent front module replaces the traditional cab, but still the concept is recognizable as a Scania.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Scania

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