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Sweden Einride starts deliveries of driverless electric truck

Auto News - Published on Thu, 16 May 2019

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Reuters reported that a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday, in what developer Einride and logistics customer DB Schenker described as a world first. Mr Robert Falck, the CEO of Swedish start-up Einride, said the company was in partnership talks with major suppliers to help scale production and deliver orders, and the firm did not rule out future tie-ups with large truckmakers.

Former Volvo executive told Reuters that "This public road permit is a major milestone ... and it is a step to commercializing autonomous technology on roads."

He said that "Since we're a software and operational first company, a partnership with a manufacturing company is something that we see as a core moving forward adding he hoped to seal a deal by next year.

Mr Falck said Einride, whose investors include ex-Daimler Asia trucks head Marc Llistosella, is also courting investors for an ongoing Series A fundraising, often a company's first sizable one. It previously raised USD 10 million.

Auto alliances are on the rise to share the cost of electric and autonomous technology. Ford has vowed to invest USD 500 million in US electric utility truck startup Rivian.

Einride's T-Pod is 26 tonnes when full and does not have a driver cabin, which it estimates reduces road freight operating costs by around 60% versus a diesel truck with a driver.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Thu, 16 May 2019
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