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Self-driving truck goes on display

A full prototype of the Einride self-driving truck has gone on display.

The Swedish company debuted the T-pod - their autonomous vehicle, which can also be remotely controlled by drivers - to change the "heavy, noisy trucks with monstrous emissions and bad working conditions to emission-free, noise reduced trucks that allow workers to operate on a standard schedule closer to home".

Filip Lilja, Chief Operation Officer at Einride, said: "Einride is transforming the existing transport chain from the ground up. The big companies behind long haul trucks keep building bigger trucks to increase efficiency, which ultimately means even more emissions.

"We are changing that by creating a secure solution that is, not only cost effective, but dramatically minimises the negative environmental impact of the transportation industry."

Whilst CEO Robert Falck added: "Our vision is to enhance the lives of all people through the delivery of a global, impact-positive supply chain infrastructure. We don't believe our work is done when we've achieved carbon neutrality.

"Our design process is driven by our goal to have a net positive impact - whether that's improving the lives of transport workers or reducing road traffic accidents, every element of our system aims to have a measurable positive impact on the planet."

A T-Pod can carry 15 standard pallets, weighing 20 tonne in total, and can travel 124 miles on one full charge.

The T-Pod is set to be put into service between Gothenburg and Helsingborg by the end of the decade with 200 trucks parading that route. The company will also be installing charging points along the way. There is also a possibility they could expand the route sooner if the first tests go well.

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