May 5, 2022
Volvo Autonomous Solutions (VAS), a division of Volvo Group, has announced it will offer a new hub-to-hub autonomous transport solution that aims to serve four main customer segments: shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers. The company also announced it will partner with DHL Supply Chain as its first customer to pilot the system, in order to develop a business model with customers that addresses the steps required to bring its autonomous solutions to market with a safe, sustainable approach.
VAS, in collaboration with Aurora, said it has been working on a technical solution to offer autonomous trucks in the U.S., while also developing a complete Transport-as-a-Service (TaaS) solution for integrated and scalable autonomous freight capacity for highway applications. The VAS Autonomous Transport Solution will be configured to different customer-segment requirements to transport freight autonomously on major U.S. highway networks.
The new collaboration with DHL aims to pave the way for the VAS logistics service providers customer segment, VAS said. The future deployment of the Class 8 Volvo VNL autonomous trucks will be DHL’s first TaaS operation globally.
“DHL is excited to partner with a leading-edge transportation company in Volvo Autonomous Solutions,” said Jim Monkmeyer, president of transportation for DHL Supply Chain North America. “We are full-speed-ahead on the adoption of the next wave of transportation solutions including autonomous trucks and confident that global leaders like Volvo will help to accelerate their development.”
VAS said its partnerships will allow the company to understand the needs of each specific segment in real-world applications in order to develop and adapt offerings based on inputs and findings experienced across the transportation network.
For more details on the system, visit the Volvo Autonomous Solutions website here.