When it comes to discussions about vehicles of the future, many believe that self-driving cars and trucks will take over. However, a company like Einride out of Sweden sees that there is room for both autonomous and remote controls, especially when it comes to long-haul trucks.
Einride envisions its transport vehicles of the future as windowless T-pods that will be on the roads as early as 2020; the 23-foot vehicles are equipped to transport about 15 regular pallets and 20 tons of weight at a time.
Ideally, the company imagines that the trucks could be switched to self-driving modes on long stretches of highway, and switched to remote controls in cities and other high-density areas. However, as Einride envisions remote controls for its driverless pods, an operator would be able to manage the navigation controls from afar.
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