The top Manager of Volvo to bet my life on the tests of an unmanned truck
“I felt like I “suck in the stomach” as long as the truck alone not including brakes right in front of me. Thanks to him, that stopped,” said the employee.
Volvo Trucks released a video of an unmanned test of the truck, which first took place under the ground, reports motor. For proof of accuracy, and security systems technical Director of the Swedish brand torbjörn Holstrom stood in the way of an 18-ton dump truck, waiting until he alone will not stop.
“I felt like I “suck in the stomach” as long as the truck alone not including brakes right in front of me. Thanks to him, that stopped,” admitted Holstrom.
Tests of the UAV, built on the basis of the 18-ton dump truck Volvo FMX, held in the North of Sweden in the mine of the company Boliden Mineral AB at a depth of about 1.3 km. In the “Volvo” say that this was the world’s first tests of unmanned aerial vehicles, which were held in similar conditions.
The autopilot shall guide the truck from the complex radar and laser sensors, on the basis of which the system maps with the exact geometry of the tunnels of the mine. The first unmanned truck will begin to operate the mine in test mode in the fall of 2016, and over the next year to be joined by three Autonomous truck.
At the end of 2015 Volvo Trucks has issued a video in which showed how four-year-old drives an 18-tonne Volvo FMX dump truck with radio control.