The Making of Scania AXL – Autonomous Truck Documentary

The Making of Scania AXL – Autonomous Truck Documentary


Ages ago, people used horses for transport. – From the knowledge acquired by the use of electronics… – The motor changed the idea… of distance. – From the present, toward the future… – There’s no going back, right? – The specialists at Scania have taken that step… – Doing it again… 3, 2, 1… – Fire! Xavier: It’s elegant, but robust at the same time. It’s like… woof, amazing the shape. It’s a smooth, clean shape, but you know, it’s… it’s a tough character. You know this will not disappoint you,
because it will work the whole time, it will be there. Pierre: We started with a blank piece of paper. We didn’t know how much work it would be. Erik: And then this is the first actual project
where we can’t put a driver in the cab. Pierre: It’s new, it’s strange. – My hope is that the mindset in this project is that we get help from experts
so that we do the right thing and then we handle as much as possible ourselves. – From the start, we didn’t know
what we didn’t know, you could say. In earlier projects we could
always fall back on the fact that we have a driver, a safety driver on board, but we don’t have that now. But along the way we have also found issues that we didn’t know existed. And that’s why we do this research. – And the timespan we have to do
this is about a year. And that is not a lot of time. – One could wonder why we do this. Our thinking was that, when autonomous vehicles
become a mature technology, and go out to customers, we need to
understand what the customer wants. And that means that, we need to start somewhere, and explore what the customer wants. And this is our first attempt at saying,
this is what we think is right for you, and then we want a response back. – In the beginning we got to see
some sketches of how it would look, And it looked, it looked quite strange. It was a whole new thing for us. – When starting a project like this, you have to know the background. You have to have an idea of the goal and why are we doing this. – Well… at the beginning, as I said, we had
some different types of ideas. – A little bit more like a robot. Simple shapes, asymmetric… trying to find, as I said, this type of language, what we want to show,
something that is completely different. – You can go for a more soft or organic, you can go for a very square or sharp, or you can go for something in between. – Ahh… we have talked about this issue, whether it looks like an animal
or something like this. Like a bulldog with the eyes when the light is shining there. It has a character, it has an identity,
an image, so that’s important. I mean, you cannot create, like, a really nice
friendly animal that works in the mine. It has to have the same type of character. It has to be like this, it has to reflect. Kristofer: The expression should be
that this is the right thing to use in the mine. Magnus: What’s special about a mining environment
is that it’s easy to automate. You can influence the environment so much. We have control over how wide the roads should be. We can say that, oh, we have a messy situation here we want to avoid that, let’s rebuild it. You can’t do that out in the real world. Definitely, stuff is going to happen when we start.
– Yeah – When we start drawing and sketching
and building, how we will… – One of the difficulties when working on a project of this size, is that you need a lot of different people,
with different skill sets. We have everything from technical doctors
to normal engineers like me, who try to come to an agreement on
the best way to build this. Ann-Kristin: This is a mining truck
that I will work on, or mill. I load a CAD file, prepare TEBIS,
and do the milling run. Xavier: So everything we do right now, it’s a
new scale, it’s a new proportion that we have never been working with. And then it’s really important that we can
compare it to the real models at full scale. – This is the computer rack which we will
pull out to the side of the vehicle to access all the electrical components
such as computers, network devices,
4G modems, everything we need. – We’re going to make this a
compact environment, a compact environment for electronics,
steering units, etc. And we started with a standard
NTG G14 cab. Carl: This will go here. Anders: And we’re going to deliver this as a
primer-painted cab. – Sorry, we shouldn’t call it a cab. What do we call it now? – Hmm… cab? – Cab module, or… the front? – Dang, how nice it turned out! – Cool! – An autonomous vehicle has much more
to do with software than hardware. – Let’s call Styling so they can come
and take a look. – The vehicle should behave correctly
based on what it sees but from my side, with hardware,
it needs to have the possibility to see. It’s really important how we place the sensors, and that they can back each other up. If, for example, one breaks, another can
work in its place. Magnus: When there’s no longer a steering wheel, you realise that you cannot
neglect safety. – We have built in many security systems, Nothing can happen now, there’s
no driver who can stop it. – There are three different kinds of sensors
throughout the vehicle. And they are all suited
for different purposes. – Everything needs to fit together. Styling has to make sure
everything is integrated. – We have seven camera units. There’s a laser beam that
sweeps across the surroundings The light is reflected and processed. – Radar, everything has to be integrated. – We have radar at the front, to the back
and to the sides. – Yes, great. – Information from the sensors,
we try to put together. Oh, man, how do I explain this
in a simple way? Umm… What we do actually, is that, from all
the sensor data, we try and combine it into a map that the computer can process. That can involve producing different
map images, showing where there are obstacles,
where there are no obstacles, passable areas, impassable areas. Which is then processed in a planning algorithm that ensures that the vehicle
makes a good route choice through this map, through this information about the surroundings
that has been provided. – So now the engine’s ignition is on. Good! Okay, good! – The computers on the shelf in the little cab,
which drive the truck now, they turn on the lights when
they’ve seen you. The lights turn on to say, “I see you.” So you can take it easy. – Yes! An applause! – This white line is the Human Machine Interface (HMI), the one that reflects your position
when you go around. So you have to have communication. It’s not like
a normal truck where you can stand in front of the truck
and say to someone, “Yeah, just turn…” No, no one is sitting there. So you have to rely on this vehicle,
and the HMI helps you to understand that, wherever you go around,
this follows your position, so you know that you have
a contact with this machine. And then you feel comfortable,
because, you know that it’s there, you know that it’s connected with you, it reflects your position,
and then you can work completely comfortably. – It’s almost like it’s alive,
you could say. We have built this on an autonomous platform, and we could use the same thing in
any vehicle, really. Scania’s vehicle programme is quite broad. – So that’s part of our thing here, we want to work with modular systems. Under the chassis here, is a
normal Scania truck. – The software that we have in AXL has been developed for many years
in other projects. We’ve had a number of other autonomous projects
where we’ve built a software foundation, which contains a number of different
building blocks. Which we then, in a modular way, can put together
for different applications. So this is just one one incarnation. – The result is… bold. – I think that it’s – really bold. – It’s different, but it’s a Scania vehicle. – I’m proud to have built this. – I think that, this is not something anyone else has done. – It’s big. It’s a big step. – I will feel proud, I have to say. That it works, that our customers believe in what we are doing. It’s something that
is working, that is running for real. So, this will be a really good feeling. – I never would have thought when
I started 25 years ago, that I would sit here now,
with this behind me. I couldn’t even have dreamt it. – This we have done ourselves, and it’s a… little teaser for what the future will hold.

48 Replies to “The Making of Scania AXL – Autonomous Truck Documentary”

  1. very good, if SCANIA presents Medium Trucks, they will be in demand because Scania trucks are tough and strong on all terrain, thank you

  2. Damn good job Scania. I like the idea of communication between machine and the vehicle. You are the best truck company in the world and you know it. Your trucks have soul,respect,power,look,beauty. And thanks to all those people in Scania factory for making our future better.

  3. Sluta kasta pengar i sjön. det kommer aldrig fungera och ingen kommer köpa skiten! jobbar själv i gruva, vi kommer aldrig köpa nått sånt där….

  4. Terrorists will appreciate this truck as such vehicles become common. No driver, no operator in close vicinity – a perfect weapon! The only question is how long we will wait for the first attack, using autonomous vehicle. I hope you guys will keep it in mind and overthink this aspect of safety too, while developing and polishing hard- and sofware of such machines.

  5. I am Brazilian, I was amazed when I saw this article. the future is already here ah long time, already arrived, what a technology huh! cool! 😄👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  6. Looks gorgeous, it's the first autonomous vehicle i've seen with a beautiful design, it's exactly what i wanted for a futuristic design, sharp lines with realistic touches.

  7. Autonomous trucks in the mining industry has already been in use for a couple of years in Australia and Canada, so this is really nothing new.
    My guess is that in the near future most trucks in the mining industry will be autonomous, especially in those countries where the labour costs are medium to high.

  8. Its a great design i think. Great job! The only thing i miss , or i just dont get the concept…. Doesn't it need emergency stop buttons all around the vehicle ?

  9. Hay hay like you say carnt go backwards .iv loved scania truck all my life iv still got one today its a lovely truck .my hats off to you scania and all ivolved fantastic.and one day i think the swedish will make man walk again and cure cancer thay are so cleaver ok thank you and take care out there hi from brit man in austrailia

  10. Mí bisabuelo en Italia vivió con entusiasmo y alegría el nacimiento de una profesión el de camionero , yo estoy viviendo con tristeza la extinción de mí profesión , que será de la vida cuando no pueda conducir más camiones? , Soy fan de su marca muy lindo diseños.

  11. Makes you wonder what's going to happen to mankind ? When I see things like this ,all I see is – more money into fewer hands .
    It's just another person's job ,gone .

  12. Why are they so concerned of how it looks…?..
    Whos going to be looking at it?
    Unemployed drivers watching these stupid videos at home..

  13. FUCK YOU SCANIA, FUCK YOU !!! so many hard working drivers buying your stupid trucks for you to turn your back on them and suck the corporate elites dicks… FUCK YOU Scania contributing to unemployment and a world run by ruling elites, I hope nobody buys more of your equipment and that your systems fail and drive your company to the ground

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