Ro­botic Volvo does not tram­ple on plants

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — Wheels Re­porter.

VOLVO Trucks has de­vel­oped a new self-steer­ing truck that could be­come a sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tiv­ity booster for Brazil­ian sugar-cane grow­ers.

Like the gi­ant Ko­matsu ro­bot trucks op­er­at­ing with­out driv­ers on mines in Aus­tralia and Chile, as well as John Deere trac­tors and har­vesters, Volvo’s truck steers with great pre­ci­sion through the fields, caus­ing less dam­age to the young plants that will form the fol­low­ing year’s crop. At present, about four per­cent of the crop is lost as young plants are run over and the soil is com­pacted by mov­ing ve­hi­cles. This trans­lates into thou­sands in lost rev­enue per truck per sea­son.

Brazil’s Usina Santa Terez­inha Group, which tested the pro­to­type Volvo truck in the com­pany’s huge fields, said the po­ten­tial for big­ger har­vests is sig­nif­i­cant — up to 10 tons per hectare per year. “With the help of Volvo Trucks’ so­lu­tion we can in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, not just for one sin­gle crop but for the en­tire life­cy­cle of the sugar-cane plant, which lasts five to six years,” said Santa Terez­inha’s fi­nance and pro­cure­ment di­rec­tor Paulo Meneguetti.

Volvo is also test­ing a ro­bot truck for un­der­ground min­ing op­er­a­tions in the Kristineberg Mine in north­ern Swe­den.

PHOTO: VOLVO

A self-driv­ing Volvo truck steers with pre­ci­sion through a sugar cane field.

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