Swedish tech start-up Einride revealed what it calls - the T-log. The T-Log is an autonomous, all-electric logging truck. The T-log incorporates some off-road capabilities and is designed to navigate forest roads. The T-Log is powered by the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform, and is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving. It has no driver's cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto teleoperation safety technology designed to provide robust, minimal latency telecommunications even with 4G.
No driver's cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries, even in difficult environments. Robert Falck, CEO of Einride, said: "Einride is constantly pushing the boundaries of autonomous and all-electric vehicles in our ambition to lead the transition to a sustainable transportation system. With the T-log, we've created a vehicle that can withstand the rigours of a demanding environment. It is uncharted territory for us, but also an enormous market for battery-powered AVs."
The routing software on the T-Log provides it with real-time traffic data which helps the truck avoid congestion during the haul. A fleet of T-logs will be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making the transport as efficient as possible.
The T-Log is equipped with cameras, lidars and radars, it has 360-degree awareness of its surroundings - no blind spots, no dead angles.
Heavy road transport is responsible for a substantial part of global CO2 emissions. Add to that the tens of thousands of people who die every year from NOx pollution - effectively poisoned by diesel fumes. The T-log however, replaces diesel with electricity and so transportation is as environment friendly as it gets.