Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Scania, has revealed an autonomous vehicle for mining application minus a cabin.
The Scania AXL concept incorporates the company's modular system as part of its design.
It was developed according to Scania by experts working across a range of different fields for controlled environments in which self-driving pilots are best suited.
“With the Scania AXL concept truck, we are taking a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part,” said Scania President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.
“We continue to build and pilot concepts to demonstrate what we can do with the technology that is available today.”
Scania AXL is steered and monitored by an intelligent control environment.
The autonomous operations are facilitated by a logistics system that tells the vehicle how it should perform.
The cabless vehicle follows Volvo's self-driving Vera, which was launched last year.
Scania has already uses autonomous trucks in customer operations that involve the presence of a safety driver who can intervene if necessary according to Scania Claes Erixon, Head of Research and Development .
“Scania AXL does not have a cab and that changes the game significantly,” he said.
“The development in self-driving vehicles has made great strides in the past years. We still don’t have all the answers, but through concept vehicles like Scania AXL we break new ground and continue to learn at great speed.”
The combustion engine is powered by renewable biofuel.
Scania calls it an example of how traditional and new technologies can mix.
A new intelligent front module replaces the traditional cab and the design behind the Scania AXL befits the tougher environments of mines and large construction sites.