Ericsson, Telia and Einride create system for self-driving trucks
EINRIDE, Ericsson and Telia have teamed up to achieve their mutual goal of putting a fully electric and autonomous truck on the road, to support the creation of a sustainable transport system
EINRIDE, Ericsson and Telia have teamed up to achieve their mutual goal of putting a fully electric and autonomous truck on the road, to support the creation of a sustainable transport system.
Ericsson Radio System and Ericsson Cloud Core for 5G are providing high performance connectivity to Einride's T-pod - a driverless vehicle operating continuously at DB Schenker's logistics facilities in Jonkoping, Sweden.
'Our driving mission is to lead the sustainable transition of road freight transportation,' said Einride CEO Robert Falck. '5G provides the connectivity and reliability we need to safely introduce the T-pod onto public roads.'
Said DB Schenker chief operating officer Ewald Kaiser: 'This pilot is a milestone in the transition to an intelligent transportation system which will be safe, cost-efficient and sustainable. Autonomous, all-electric trucks on public roads is not a dream any more - it's happening right now.'
Said Telia Sweden chief technology officer Mats Lundback: 'Together with our partners, we are building a powerful ecosystem that is going to have a deep impact for customers and society as a whole.'
Ericsson head of business area technologies Asa Tamsons added: '5G, with its high-data speeds and ultra-low latency, is powering a new world of autonomous vehicles that takes fleet management to the next level. Einride's transportation solution is a perfect example of how 5G can drive cost efficiencies improve safety and create a sustainable future.'
Einride's T-pod and autonomous transport system, powered by 5G, can potentially replace 60 per cent of today's transport with a cost-competitive and sustainable alternative, said the joint statement.
5G presents an opportunity for telecom operators to tap into new revenue streams emerging from the digitisation of industries. An Ericsson report on 5G business potential shows a US$619 billion revenue opportunity for telecom operators by 2026.