Since it was founded in 2016, Einride has been in the business of launching fascinating, eye-catching concept vehicles. The cab-less T-Pod was launched in 2017, four of which operate for Oatly, the Swedish food maker, on public roads hauling freight. The company launched the T-Log a year later, designed to be more efficient for the job of (you guessed it) hauling tons of giant tree logs than its predecessor. It now has a vehicle of the next generation that it hopes that it will bring into production.
Einride has also been involved in the less glamorous aspect of the challenge of evaluating, validating, and obtaining regulatory approval for its cars, all of which are electric and can be operated remotely by a human operator, in addition to running independently without human interference. The organization has yet to announce its plans for manufacturing and development.
The AET vehicles comes in four levels. The first two, AET 1 and AET 2, have 30 km / h (18 mph) top speeds, weigh 26 tons, 16 tons of payloads, and a 130-180 km (80-110 miles) battery range. AET 3 and AET 4, with top speeds of 45 km / h and 85 km / h, have comparable weight and payload power.
Or as Falck says:
The next generation Pod is a singular vehicle, but operates in up to four different operational domains (AET levels). So for example if a customer orders a Pod with AET 3 capability, it is able to operate in closed facilities (AET 1 – Fenced), on nearby delivery routes (AET 2 – Nearby), and on back roads between destinations at speeds up to 45 km/h (AET 3 – Rural). Every Pod, regardless of AET level, is capable of SAE level 4 autonomous drive and able to be remotely operated when necessary.
In terms of tech features, each Pod will be nearly identical, with some different hardware and software configurations depending both on unique customer needs and operational domain demands. That means an electric drivetrain, proprietary telematics hardware that interfaces with the freight mobility platform, and autonomous drive hardware such as LIDAR, cameras, and sensors on each Pod.
The company claims it is using Nvidia’s self-driving software to attain Level 4 (meaning completely driverless under certain conditions) driving. The trucks can also be controlled by a remote operator who is located hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto’s teleoperation technology. Using this technology will assist Einride to conquer the challenges posed by off-road driving.