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AXL the autonomous Scania

AXL the autonomous Scania

NZ Truck & Driver News

 November 2019   
Scania has unveiled a cabless autonomous concept truck, which it says will be capable of working safely in mining operations.

The AXL driverless heavy truck is "a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part," says 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 AXL is equipped with cameras, radar, lidar and GPS receivers – providing what Scania autonomous systems development engineer Magnus Granström says is a relatively good overview of its surroundings: "The syste

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Scania has unveiled a cabless autonomous concept truck, which it says will be capable of working safely in mining operations.
The AXL driverless heavy truck is "a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part," says 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 AXL is equipped with cameras, radar, lidar and GPS receivers – providing what Scania autonomous systems development engineer Magnus Granström says is a relatively good overview of its surroundings: "The system isn't yet street smart, but it's certainly smart enough for being used in mines.
"In this case, we see what we need to see. Driving in a mine is fairly simple and predictable. If you're driving in a more dynamic and less predictable environment, more work is needed."
The AXL has been developed by a group of Scania experts from different fields – using Scania's modular system as the heart of the design. 
The concept, for instance, brings together traditional and new technologies: It's powered by an internal combustion engine, which uses renewable biofuel. 
Scania's head of R&D Claes Erixon says that AXL's cabless design "changes the game significantly" from the Traton make's previous self-driving trucks – some of which are running in customer operations: They all accommodate a safety driver, "who can intervene if necessary. 
"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."  


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