Volvo tests self-driving truck at Kristineberg mine in Sweden

7 September 2016 (Last Updated September 7th, 2016 18:30)

Volvo has tested its fully autonomous truck in deep underground operations in Kristineberg mine, which is located 100km from Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden.

Volvo has tested its fully autonomous truck in deep underground operations in Kristineberg mine, which is located 100km from Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden.  

The new self-driving truck is part of the company’s development project, which is aimed at improving transport flow and mine safety.

Covering a distance of 7km, the truck has the capability to reach 1,320m underground in the narrow mine tunnels.

Volvo Group executive board member and chief technology officer Torbjörn Holmström said: “This is the world’s first fully self-driving truck to operate under such tough conditions.

"This is the world’s first fully self-driving truck to operate under such tough conditions."

“It is a true challenge to ensure that everything works meticulously more than 1,300m underground.”

The entirely self-driving truck is a specially equipped Volvo FMX and uses various sensors. It avoids both fixed and moving obstacles by continuously monitoring its surroundings.

Holmström further added: “No matter what type of vehicle we develop, safety is always our primary concern and this also applies to self-driving vehicles.

“I was convinced the truck would stop but naturally I felt a knot in my stomach until the truck applied its brakes.”

Simultaneously, an onboard transport system gathers data to optimise and coordinate the route, as well as fuel consumption.