Volvo has been investing heavily in the development of self-driving trucks in recent years and has even put some of its creations to work, including a vehicle for trash collection in Sweden and another for carrying heavy loads at a mine in Norway.
Its latest autonomous truck, called Vera, is about to embark on its first assignment, transporting goods around a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Whereas its previous autonomous vehicles look like regular trucks with the smarts contained within, Vera sports an impressively futuristic design that takes Volvo’s self-driving efforts to a whole new level.
As you can see in the video above, the creators of the electric vehicle have done away with the driver’s cab, giving the front of it the look of a low-slung sports car from some angles.
Volvo plans to deploy Vera with ferry and logistics firm DFDS.
The autonomous vehicle will navigate a pre-defined route — part of which uses public roads — carrying shipping containers a relatively short distance between a DFDS logistics center and the port terminal.