DB Schenker pilots its first commercial use of an autonomous vehicle

DB Schenker and Einride have launched the operation of the T-pod, an all-electric, autonomous truck. Travelling to and from its facility in Jönköping, central Sweden, the T-pod marks a significant milestone in sustainable road freight transportation.

Running solely on batteries, The T-pod has no driver’s cab but is supervised and can be teleoperated by a human operator from a control room. DB Schenker looks to decrease operating and production costs through the freed up loading capacity due to the lack of driver’s cab. Coordinated by a routing system, DB Schenker hopes that the fleet of T-pods will optimise delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, and increase the efficiency of road freight transportation.

“We at Schenker are working at full speed on sustainable and innovative logistics. Autonomous driving will become increasingly important for this. Together with Einride, we want to bring the first autonomous, fully electric truck onto public roads in the near future and thus set new standards for tomorrow’s logistics,” said Jochen Thewes, CEO of DB Schenker.

Source DB Schenker