UD Trucks, part of the Volvo Group, put on the first demonstration of its Level 4 heavy-duty trucks automation technology at its headquarters in Ageo, Japan, on 12 December 2018. The demo used a UD Trucks Quon model outfitted with GPS, Lidar, radar, onboard cameras, and software to show how its automation technology achieves more efficient and safer starting, stopping, slaloming, reversing, U-turns, and more. UD Trucks has already been working on several autonomous vehicle projects, including truck platooning technology with the Japanese government.
“UD Trucks is proud to present the first demo of Level 4 automation for heavy-duty trucks. Today’s demo is a major step toward practical application of this technology by 2020,” said Douglas Nakano, senior vice president of technology for UD Trucks. “Our heavy-duty truck Quon, launched in 2017, contains a sophisticated vehicle control system, which is the base of our highly precise automation technology. Based on the Quon, UD Trucks will continue to develop more advanced automation technology to address the needs of our customers everywhere and provide the trucks the world needs today.”
Years In The Making
UD trucks has been developing connectivity and automation technologies for 12 years and currently has 50,000 connected vehicles operating in Japan and other countries today. Coupled with Volvo Group’s roughly 800,000 connected vehicles operating on a global scale, the companies have a vast amount of valuable data to improve the accuracy, safety, and efficiency of their solutions in the future. In fact, UD Truck hopes to put electric and autonomous trucks into “daily operation” by 2020 and aims for the “commercialisation of fully-electric trucks and autonomous trucks by 2030.”