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Einride begins testing self-driving cargo truck on Swedish roads

by Justin King

The vehicle is basically an autonomous container on four wheels.

Autonomous vehicle startup Einride has begun testing its electric cargo truck on public roads in Sweden.

The pilot project is currently focused on a relatively small stretch of roads around an industrial area in Jönköping.

Einride is among several players attempting to commercialize self-driving technology for goods transportation rather than transporting humans.

The company claims to be the first to legally test a fully self-driving truck without a human safety monitor on public roads. To be fair, however, the "T-Pod" is remotely monitored by a human operator, demonstrating a supervision method that will likely end up in early commercialized self-driving vehicles for both logistics and taxi operations.

The T-Pod boasts an all-electric range of around 124 miles, making it suitable for short drayage routes but not longer distances that will be the focus of the Tesla Semi and other large electric semis.

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