Driverless through the job site: Scania has introduced an autonomous concept truck.
Driverless through the job site: Scania has introduced an autonomous concept truck.
( Source: Scania)

Autonomous utility vehicles

Scania AXL: heavy-duty truck without cab

| Author/ Editor: Thomas Günnel / Florian Richert

Scania has developed a concept of a driverless, self-propelled heavy truck

Scania is already active in the field of automated commercial vehicles, and now the truck manufacturer has launched a model that is unusual in its own right: The AXL concept truck does not require a driver's cab and there is no longer a human driver on board. The model looks like a moving trough and is to be used above all "at well-controlled locations such as mines or large construction sites".

Here, a logistics system monitors the commercial vehicle and can assign driving tasks to it. Like an oversized DTS (driverless transport system), the AXL can thus be used in a networked network of several transporters.

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It is powered by a combustion engine powered by biofuel. Instead of the driver's cab, the AXL is fitted with a front module containing parts of the technology relevant for automated operation. The AXL is equipped with cameras, radar, lidar and GPS receiver. The truck manufacturer will be presenting the model live for the first time in Sweden on 2 October.

This article was first published in German by Automobil Industrie.