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PORT OF GOTHENBURG: June 14, 2019. DFDS and Volvo are to trial Volvo Trucks’ electric, connected and autonomous vehicle ‘Vera’ to move shipments from a logistics centre to APM Terminals’ port facility.

Volvo launched Vera last year as a solution for repetitive assignments in logistics centres, factories and ports by moving large volumes of goods over short distances. The Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova, the Swedish Transport Administration and the Swedish Energy Agency are providing support for the initiative.

Vovlo DFDS“Now we have the opportunity to implement Vera in an ideal setting and further develop her potential for other similar operations,” commented Mikael Karlsson, vice president Autonomous Solutions at Volvo Trucks.

Volvo and DFDS want to implement a connected system of several Vera vehicles monitored by a control tower as a first step towards a live operation on pre-defined public roads in an industrial area.

“We want to be at the forefront of connected, autonomous transportation,” explained DFDS CEO Torben Carlsen. “This collaboration will help us develop an efficient, flexible and sustainable long-term solution for receiving autonomous vehicles arriving at our gates, benefitting our customers, the environment and our business.”

Volvo says Vera has the potential to be used in similar applications as a complement to today’s transport solutions according to Karlsson: “Autonomous transports with low noise levels and zero exhaust emissions have an important role to play in the future of logistics, and will benefit both business and society.

"We see this collaboration as an important start and want to drive progress in this area. Vera may have a speed limit, but we don’t,” he added.

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