Vera's First Assignment: Volvo Trucks Presents an Autonomous Transport Between a Logistics Centre and Port

Volvo Trucks

2019/6/13 16:07

Vera's First Assignment: Volvo Trucks Presents an Autonomous Transport Between a Logistics Centre and Port


GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 13, 2019 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --

Volvo Trucks' electric, connected and autonomous vehicle Vera will form part of

an integrated solution to transport goods from a logistics centre to a port

terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. The assignment is a result of a new

collaboration between Volvo Trucks and the ferry and logistics company, DFDS

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The purpose of the collaboration is to implement Vera in a real application,

enabling a connected system for a continuous flow of goods, from a DFDS'

logistics centre to an APM terminal in the port, for distribution across the


In 2018, Volvo Trucks presented its first electric, connected and autonomous

solution, designed for repetitive assignments in logistics centres, factories

and ports. Vera is suited for short distances, transporting large volumes of

goods with high precision.

"Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further

develop her potential for other similar operations," says Mikael Karlsson, Vice

President Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks.

The aim is to implement a connected system consisting of several Vera vehicles

monitored by a control tower. The purpose is to enable a seamless and constant

flow responsive to demands on greater efficiency, flexibility and

sustainability. The collaboration with DFDS is a first step towards

implementing Vera in a real transport assignment on pre-defined public roads in

an industrial area.  

"We want to be at the forefront of connected, autonomous transportation. This

collaboration will help us develop an efficient, flexible and sustainable

long-term solution for receiving autonomous vehicles arriving at our gates,

benefitting our customers, the environment and our business," says Torben

Carlsen, CEO of DFDS.

The autonomous transport solution will be further developed in terms of

technology, operations management and infrastructure adaptations, before it can

be fully operational. Moreover, necessary safety precautions will be taken to

meet societal requirements for a safe path towards autonomous transports.

As Volvo Trucks gains more experience, Vera has the potential to be used in

similar applications as a complement to today's transport solutions.

"Autonomous transports with low noise levels and zero exhaust emissions have an

important role to play in the future of logistics, and will benefit both

business and society. We see this collaboration as an important start and want

to drive progress in this area. Vera may have a speed limit, but we don't.

Testing has already started and we intend to implement the solution within the

coming years," adds Mikael Karlsson.


The assignment is to move containers from the DFDS logistics centre in

Gothenburg to an APM terminal in the port according to needed capacity.

The autonomous system is monitored by an operator in a control tower who is

also responsible for the transport.

The solution is suited for repetitive flows with a maximum speed of 40 km/h.

Infrastructure adaptations are part of the scope in the implementation of the

total transport system, including automated gates at the terminals.

Volvo Trucks and DFDS are main partners but several actors are involved in

implementing Vera's first assignment.

DFDS provides ferry and transport services in Europe and Turkey, generating

annual revenues of around DKK 17bn. The 8.000 employees are located on ships

and in offices across 20 countries. DFDS is headquartered in Copenhagen, and

listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen.

The initiative is carried out with support from the Swedish Innovation Agency

Vinnova, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency

through the Strategic vehicle research and innovation programme FFI.

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Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and

demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks.

Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,100 dealers and workshops

in more than 130 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 15 countries across

the globe. In 2018, more than 127,000 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide.

Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers

of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The

Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. Volvo Trucks´

work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.

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For further information, please contact: Sara Kuylenstierna, Communication

Manager, phone +46-31-3224729, e-mail

Source: Volvo Trucks