The developers from Sweden unveiled T-Log at this year’s Goodwood Festival in the UK - and what they announced sounds as futuristic as the three-axis prototype without a driver cabin looks. Specially designed with the forestry sector in mind, T-Log can reportedly navigate its way through rough forest terrain without any human help. What’s more, dispensing with the driver cabin means its loading platform can hold up to 16 metric tons of cargo.
Equipped with a 15 kWh battery, T-Log is designed to travel just under 200 km on one charge. In a bid to achieve the "autonomous level 4" promised, Einride opted for NVIDIA software, which has proven effective in many other autonomous vehicles. Level 4 corresponds to "high automation" by European and US standards and ensures that the AI system is always in control of the vehicle – a human driver only needs to take over if the system can no longer cope. It remains to be seen how NVIDIA AI technology, which until now has mainly been deployed in urban infrastructures, will fare in the wilderness. But whatever happens, T-Log is still a highly interesting development - not least because of its eco-friendly electric drive. T-Log is set to hit the logging transportation market in 2020. But you never know - Einride may well have the series version up and running for the upcoming LIGNA 2019.
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