Scania unveils AXL cab-less concept

Fully autonomous concept truck suitable for mining and construction

Scania unveils AXL cab-less concept
The futuristic AXL model


Scania has raised the curtains on a self-driving concept truck that replaces a traditional cabin with an ‘intelligent front module’.

The company says the development is a step towards future smart transport systems "where self-driving vehicles will play a natural part".

While scant on detail, the Swedish maker does however note the AXL is powered by a biofuel combustion engine and steered and monitored by an intelligent control environment.

"We continue to build and pilot concepts to demonstrate what we can do with the technology that is available today," Scania president and CEO Henrik Henriksson says.

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It notes the vehicle would suit applications such as construction and mining where, "for example, the autonomous operations are facilitated by a logistics system that tells the vehicle how it should perform".

"We already have self-driving trucks in customer operations. However so far, they have been with room for a safety driver who can intervene if necessary," Scania head of research and development Claes Erixon says.

"Scania AXL does not have a cab and that changes the game significantly.

"The development in self-driving vehicles has made great strides in the past years.

"We still don’t have all the answers, but through concept vehicles like Scania AXL we break new ground and continue to learn at great speed."

The first live demo of the AXL will take place at Scania parent Traton Group’s Innovation Day on October 2 at Södertälje, Sweden.


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