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The first time: the self-Propelled truck may now be run without a driver

The past six years has self-propelled cars driving around on public roads in Gothenburg. They have kept themselves at least from the lines with pedestrians and cyclists, and behind the wheel, there has been a driver ready to intervene in case of problems.

the Experiment has apparently been so successful that the Swedish transport authority is now ready to take the next step to drive completely without leads. The vehicle that has received the first approval to move alone out on the public road, the electric truck T-pod.

It is developed by the Swedish technology company, Einride, and now must run on an industrial estate in Jönköping. It writes the Swedish SVT.

the Car has been in a collaboration between Einride and transportation company DB Schenker, and it is also between DB schenker's terminal and warehouse, to the little truck should run.

Einride writes in a press release, the truck has been tested in a secluded area since november, and this month passed the so his 'driving test', a test run with the transportmyndigheden. Only an adjustment of the light and the warning light needed to get the car to live up to the authority's requirements, explains DB schenker's media responsible, Pierre Olsson to SVT.

the Area, the T-pod must run in, however, is limited to one single path, Skruvgatan, and there must always be a person in the vicinity to stop the truck.


the Truck uses, according to SVT the radar to navigate its route, and cameras make it possible for an operator to see 360 degrees around the car along the way. The big challenge, however, is not to get the car to navigate around obstacles, points out Pierre Olsson.

- A challenge will be to get other drivers to let it be in peace and not try to get it to stop. It will do, if you get too close - security is high, he says to SVT.

According to the Einride will the T-pod is running its first trips between the terminal to the warehouse this spring. Regulatory approval is valid until 2021.

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