Meet the T-Pod Truck; an autonomous truck that is currently undergoing testing on a public road in Sweden. It is running along with other traffic while being used for transporting goods around the industrial zone. T-Pod Truck comes from Einride – a Swedish startup.
Einride’s T-pod has no driver’s cab but is supervised and can be teleoperated by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away. Not having a driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-pod to run solely on batteries.
Einride is operating the electric Truck on a small length of road in Jönköping, which is considered to be the transport hub located in the heart of Scandinavia.
The test began on Wednesday last week and is slated to run up until the end of next year. This is the first time that a completely self-driving truck without any backup driver has made its way onto a public road.
A fleet of T-pods can be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making road freight transportation as efficient as possible.
Einride T-Pod Specifications:
- ▪ Loading capacity – 15 euro-pallets
- ▪ Range – 200km on one charge
- ▪ Top speed – 85 km/h (electronically limited)
- ▪ Battery capacity – 200 kWh
- ▪ Size – 7 x 2.5m (approximately)
- ▪ Weight – 26 tons fully loaded