Swedish freight mobility company Einride has launched a range Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles based on its electric self-driving ‘Pod’.
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The vehicles are available on the global market for the first time and businesses worldwide will be able to take advantage of this new smart technology and begin shipping sustainably and intelligently as early as next year.
To celebrate the global launch, Einride’s founder, Robert Falck, hosted an exclusive live virtual reveal of the AET freight technology yesterday, streaming live on YouTube, followed by an open conversation to discuss the launch and the future of freight in more detail.
The series of Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles, ranging from AET 1 to AET 4, has been uniquely designed and developed for SAE level 4 self-driving and will enable businesses to reduce transport costs by up to 60 percent and CO2 emissions by a staggering 90 percent.
The AET’s unique architecture and intelligent routing software allows for safe operations without a driver, with additional proprietary remote operations technology to enable scaling of operators per vehicle.
Available for pre-order, AET 1 and 2 are suitable for closed fenced facilities, harbours and public roads with the AET 3 and 4, available from 2023, boasting high speed functionality suited to long-distance highways and larger warehouses.
“We can already see a strong traction from the market to start using autonomous and electric transport” said Mr Falck. “The benefits are clear and we want to be the player in the market that can help our customers to make the transition to a better future of transport happen.”
Eliminating diesel with electricity and emitting no greenhouse gases or toxic nitrogen oxides, the Pod is an environmentally and health friendly alternative to diesel powered trucks. Equipped with cameras, lidars and radars, it has 360-degree awareness of its surroundings, removing the need for a driver and resulting in no blind spots, no dead angles.
With this technology, the Pods can operate independently, do not require platooning and are able to pull into and connect to charging stations along the routes on their own.
Launched in 2016, Einride’s vision was born out of a problem to revolutionise the road transportation industry that consumes over five thousand barrels of oil and releases more than 7 percent of the world's energy related CO2 emissions annually. By designing and developing intelligent technologies for movement, Einride created a new type of infrastructure that has the potential to change the way the world transport goods forever.
Remotely controlled by drivers, Einride electric trucks (notable for the lack of a driver’s cab) have become the solution of a cost effective freight transport system, with zero emissions, zero waste and zero traffic deaths.