A new cabless concept


The new Scania AXL concept truck, even without the cab, has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design

Taking the development of heavy self-driving vehicles up another notch is Scania’s latest introduction—Scania AXL, a fully autonomous concept truck without a cab.

A group of Scania experts in different fields have teamed up and developed a concept truck, which, even without the cab, has the company’s modular system at the heart of the design.

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As different industries look to streamline transport assignments and make them more sustainable, self-driving vehicles are increasingly being considered. Mines and large closed construction sites are examples of environments that are favourable for self-driving pilots since they are well-controlled locations.

"With the Scania AXL concept truck, we’re taking a significant step towards the smart transport systems of the future, where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part," says Scania’s president and CEO Henrik Henriksson.

"We continue to build and pilot concepts to demonstrate what we can do with the technology that’s available today."

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Scania AXL is steered and monitored by an intelligent control environment. In mines, for example, the autonomous operations are facilitated by a logistics system that tells the vehicle how it should perform.

"We already have self-driving trucks in customer operations. However, so far, they have been with room for a safety driver who can intervene if necessary. Scania AXL does not have a cab and that changes the game significantly," says Claes Erixon, head of research and development at Scania.

"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."

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The combustion engine that powers the concept vehicle is an example of how traditional and new technology is mixed. It is powered by renewable biofuel.

A new intelligent front module replaces the traditional cab, but even without a cab the concept is easily recognisable as a Scania.

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