Top Gear tested the first self-driving truckOctober 23, 2020
The Einride Pod is the first self-contained electric truck to conquer Top Gear. The novelty should hit the roads in 2021.
The Swedish truck manufacturer has unveiled its new Einride Pod self-driving cargo truck, which lacks a windshield and conventional controls as it is powered by the company’s patented autonomous software. To show how it looks in the real world, the company recently tested a prototype on the Top Gear test track, where the truck reached a top speed of 80 km / h – the top speed for most trucks in the world.
According to CNBC, the Einride Pod’s battery pack gives it a range of 128-177 km.
The Swedish company says it will sell the Einride Pod with four different levels of autonomy. The first level will be designed exclusively for driving on private roads and can be used, for example, at a corporate facility. The second level can serve closed objects and make short trips on public roads. Tier 1 and Tier 2 variants will be available next year and will have a top speed of 29 km / h.
The Level 3 and Level 4 autopilot versions will allow the vehicle to travel on country roads and quiet main roads, while the Level 4 model will also be fully autonomous on highways and other main roads. In the first case, the truck will get a top speed approaching 45 km / h and the Tier 4 model will be capped at 80 km / h. These options will go on sale in 2022. The remote operator can take over control of the truck if needed.
Einride will not sell the Pod directly to customers. Instead, buyers will opt for a subscription plan that starts at $ 18,000 per month for the Tier 1 model and $ 22,500 for the Tier 4 model.
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