Einride pioneers 5G remote control for autonomous, all-electric trucks
Autonomous Vehicle Technology announces 2020 ACES Award Winner in Autonomy | Teleoperation category
May marked an historic occasion for Einride, when its first cab-less, electric truck called the T-pod drove on a public road. The inaugural run took place at DB Schenker’s facility in Jönköping, Sweden, where the T-pod will transport goods between a warehouse and terminal at the facility—as part of a commercial flow. In late 2018, Einride, along with Ericsson and Telia, revealed it’s using 5G connectivity at the DB Schenker facility, the goal being to power an all-electric, autonomous transport ecosystem for fleet management. Ericsson’s 5G equipment provides the high-performance connectivity and reliability needed to safely introduce the T-pod onto public roads. Einride’s complete Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) solution consists of an intelligent shipping platform and electrically powered, driverless Pods. The digital solution is intended to be a seamless experience from booking to delivery. To help customers reduce emissions while boosting productivity, the Pods are autonomous and all-electric transport vehicles equipped with modular trailers for pallets, timber, perishable goods, or just about anything that needs to be shipped. The pallet Pod can carry 15 pallets, has a 200-kW·h battery capacity, and a 7 x 2.5 m (23 x 8 ft) “size.” The timber Pod has a 16-ton loading capacity, 300-kW·h battery capacity, and a slightly bigger size of 7.3 x 2.5 m (24 x 8 ft) size. Both have a 200-km/h (124-mi) range per charge, a top speed of 85 km/h (53 mph), and have a fully loaded weight capacity of 26 ton. Many experts believe 5G’s high data speeds and ultra-low latency is what’s needed to power the new world of autonomous vehicles and will take fleet management to the next level. The Einride solution is an example of how 5G can drive cost efficiencies and improve safety.
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