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Scania AXL ... a fully autonomous concept truck, without a cab.

Scania AXL ... a fully autonomous concept truck, without a cab.

Scania rolls out new cab-less truck concept

October 2019

Scania, a world-leading provider of transport solutions, is all set to introduce the latest member to its heavy self-driving vehicles family: Scania AXL – a fully autonomous concept truck, without a cab.

A group of Scania experts in different fields have teamed up and developed a concept truck, which, even without the cab, has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design.

“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,” remarks 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.”

For autonomous vehicles, software is in many ways more important than hardware. 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.

Claes Erixon, the head of research and development at Scania, says the company already has 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,” he points out.

“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,” he adds.

The combustion engine that powers the concept vehicle is an example of how traditional and new technology is mixed. It is advantageously powered by renewable biofuel, says Erixon.

The robust and powerful features and design behind Scania AXL match the tougher environments in mines and large construction sites. A new intelligent front module replaces the traditional cab; but even without a cab, the concept is easily recognisable as a Scania, he added.

The first live demo of Scania AXL will take place at Traton Group’s Innovation Day this month (October 2) at Scania’s demo centre in Södertälje, Sweden.  

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