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The Volvo shows self-propelled battery-powered forklift without cab.
As Volvo said, the non- cab lorry is still under construction and refused to say when it would be available for sale. We expect the car to be used first in places such as harbours and large logistic centres. "We believe there will be a rider behind the wheels for the time being, but we will soon see self-propelled trucks in tight spaces," said Lars Stenqvist, Volvo's CTO, at a Berlin meeting.
Traffic connoisseurs regard trucks as a normal self-propelled technique, as the motorways are relatively predictable in comparison to crowded urban roads. After the unveiling of the car, Michael Karlsson, Volvo Trucks' director of automotive engineering, said: "The wireless lorry - which Volvo called Vera and which can tow up to 32 tonne payloads - can be hooked up to any basic type of trailers.
"Vera means confidence and we have confidence in the future," said Karlsson, and added that for security purposes the car has a lower running rate than a regular lorry. Visitors to the show were supposed to be standing behind a gate, as the lorry was driving out of a marquee on its own and was only permitted to come near when there was a stop.
Fighting against new US regulations to accelerate the use of self-propelled lorries, the 1.4 million members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters CDU warn that they could result in the elimination of several hundred thousand workers and affect traffic security. Mr Karlsson said the lorry would allow places like harbours, which are currently dependant on daily working time, to drive around the clock, optimising the flow of goods, reducing inventories and boosting efficiency.
They expect autonomic enabling techniques to raise the demand for qualified driver skills while reducing the need for human beings to fulfil recurring functions. Emerging tech-nologies that disrupt the automotive tradition are also impacting the commercial vehicle and industrial machinery industries, as Tesla Inc., the manufacturer of electrical cars, expands into electrical vehicles and announced last year that it will begin production of a heavy-duty vehicle by 2019.
Uber [UBER.UL], however, said in July that it would stop the development of self-propelled lorries in order to concentrate its automotive autonomy exclusively on passenger car use. Volvo, whose biggest owner is the Chinese Geely Holding[GEELY.UL], and competitors in the heavy goods vehicle sector such as Daimler and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) are profiting from strong market demands in all key utility carmakers.