Volvo Group has established a brand new devoted enterprise group centered on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers trade segments like mining, ports and shifting items between logistics hubs of every kind. The car maker has already been lively in placing autonomous know-how to work in these industries, with self-driving tasks — together with at a number of quarries and mines, and within the busy port situated at Gothenburg, Sweden.
The corporate sees demand for this type of autonomous know-how use rising, and determined to determine a complete enterprise unit to handle it. The newly shaped group can be known as Volvo Autonomous Options, and its official mission is to “speed up the event, commercialization and gross sales of autonomous transport options,” centered on the sort of transportation “the place there’s a want to maneuver massive volumes of products and materials on pre-defined routes, in receptive flows.”
Their anticipation of the expansion of this sector is available in half from direct buyer suggestions, the automaker notes. It’s seen “important improve in inquires from prospects,” in line with a press release from Martin Lundstedt, Volvo Group’s president and CEO.
Formally, Volvo Autonomous Options gained’t be a proper new enterprise space underneath its guardian firm till January 2020, however the firm is on the lookout for a brand new head of the unit already, and it’s clear they see lots of potential on this burgeoning market.
In contrast to autonomous driving for shopper vehicles, this type of self-driving for fixed-route items transportation is a pleasant match to the capabilities of know-how as they exist at present. These industrial functions get rid of lots of the chaos and complexity of driving in, say, city environments and with lots of different human-driven automobiles on the highway, and their routes are predictable and repeatable.