Scania has been granted permission by the Swedish Transport Agency to test self-driving trucks on the E4 motorway between Södertälje and Jönköping. The tests will occur in collaboration with TuSimple, which is a leader in the development of autonomous vehicles and a key partner in Scania’s and TRATON group’s investment in this field. The trucks will enter commercial service with the Scania Transport Laboratory and will be loaded with goods for Scania’s production operations. The tests will cover technology according to level 4 on the 5-point SAE scale for self-driving vehicles, which means that the trucks are driven autonomously but for safety reasons are supervised by a driver. A test engineer will also be on board during Scania’s tests with the task of monitoring and verifying the information which is transmitted to the truck from the sensors that enable autonomous driving.
Later this year, Scania plans to expand the tests to cover the entire route between Södertälje and Helsingborg.
Scania has been testing self-driving trucks for mining transportation in Australia since 2017.
According to Nordin, so-called Hub2hub transportation, driving on the motorway between reloading centres, is the first kind of transportation on public roads where self-driving trucks can become a reality.