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Volvo and Aurora launch first self-driving truck

Volvo and Aurora have unveiled their first production autonomous trucks, three years after the companies initially announced they were Join forces.they just Volvo VNL self-driving truck on displayThe vehicle was designed by autonomous trucking and robo-taxi company Aurora, but will be built by Volvo at the ACT Expo in Las Vegas.

It’s powered by Aurora Driver, a Level 4 autonomous driving system that uses high-resolution cameras, imaging radar, LiDAR sensors that can detect objects up to 400 meters away, and more. Aurora’s technology has traveled billions of miles in training and 1.5 million miles on actual public roads. For safety purposes, the truck has “redundant steering, braking, communications, computing, power management, energy storage and vehicle motion management systems.”

according to TechCrunch, the vehicle will still have a human driver to take over when needed when it begins delivering cargo across North America in the coming months. An Aurora spokesperson told the publication that the company will announce a pilot program with customers who plan to use Volvo trucks later this year. It did not name any companies, but the startup has previously partnered with FedEx and Uber Freight on pilot programs.

The self-driving car company also plans to deploy 20 fully driverless trucks between Dallas and Houston soon, but it’s unclear whether this fleet of self-driving cars will be operated by Volvo Trucks or its other manufacturing partners. of trucks. However, the companies did say at the Las Vegas event that Volvo has begun producing a test fleet of VNL self-driving trucks at its New River Valley Assembly Plant in Virginia. Nils Jaeger, president of Volvo’s autonomous driving solutions, called the truck “(the company’s) first standardized global autonomous driving technology platform.” This will allow Volvo “to launch additional models in the future,” Jaeger added.



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