Our pioneering work with truck automation started almost twenty years ago. As a vast range of new technology continues to drive the industry forward, the needs of our customers always stand at the centre.

Our work is about where the technology meets the customer benefit. As a starting point, we look at the demands put on customers by their customers. We are focused on solutions that can make difficult, repetitive and time-consuming tasks easier for all concerned.

Hayder Wokil

Autonomous & Automated Driving Director, Volvo Trucks

Saving the sugar harvest

A prime example of how automated technology can contribute to profitability. Trucks were previously destroying a significant percentage of this Brazilian sugar cane farmer’s harvest. Using an automated function, the truck follows the harvesters’ footsteps. The driver accelerates and brakes, but is supported by automatic steering. Thus, a great deal of the harvest is saved.

Meet the refuse truck that drives itself

There is a risk of accidents when refuse trucks reverse in housing areas. With a self-driving truck, only one driver is required. The truck reverses automatically, following the driver around houses collecting refuse. This research project with Swedish recycling company Renova helps to increase both productivity and safety. 

Autonomous driving – under ground

Self-driving Volvo FMX trucks are being tested in regular operations at Boliden. The trucks contribute to increasing productivity and safety, as they can keep working directly after blasting is taking place. Normally a wait is required before work can commence. This is an example of full automation in a confined area, where no driver is needed.

Platooning: saving fuel by driving together

Using connectivity, trucks in a platoon or road-train can communicate with each other. Distance, speed and braking can all be controlled. The follower trucks use radar and camera and receive information from the trucks in front. Today, the average platoon can save up to 10 per cent of a truck’s fuel consumption. This figure will rise to 15 per cent in the coming decade, as trucks drive closer and closer to each other. CO₂ emissions are also reduced as a result of fuel being saved, while safety is increased by the connected trucks sharing information.