Volvo Trucks – Robot driven trucks tests active safety systems – Trucks Anatomy (E04)

Volvo Trucks – Robot driven trucks tests active safety systems – Trucks Anatomy (E04)


Have you ever wondered
how a truck really works, how it’s built, how it’s developed? Let us show you.
This is Trucks’ Anatomy. From Robert,
can truck number two go to position? Welcome to a very high-tech
Trucks’ Anatomy. I’m feeling a bit like
I am in a futuristic movie because this truck is driven by a robot, and this is how Volvo Trucks’ active
safety systems are tested and verified. In a full-scale testing environment
at the Asta Zero Test Facility, Volvo Trucks is developing a new method for testing and verifying
their active safety systems on trucks, a testing method
that ensures that the trucks meet all of today’s strict
legal requirements, even future ones. As our active safety systems
become more advanced, also our test methods
have to become more advanced. Here, basically, we can create
any traffic scenario on the computer, and from the computer we get drive files
to then program our robots in the truck so that we can create the exact
same scenario on the test track. The main components of the system are a main computer controlling
all the systems, a steering robot and a robot controlling the acceleration
pedal and the brake pedal, and then also a GPS unit
that controls the location of the truck. Right, I’m here with Robert. What’s
the deal now? What’s about to happen? Yeah, what we have done
is we have programmed the robot in this truck
and a truck in front of us. We will have a scenario where
we will follow the truck in front of us and then there will be an obstacle on
the road, testing the emergency brake. And the truck is driving all by itself?
I’m not doing anything? No, what you should do only
is to hold this button here, the dead-man grip
that activates the robot. If you release that,
then the robot will de-activate. Everything is set.
You can start the test. The test will soon start. We do this for the increased accuracy
and the repeatability, that we can create the exact scenario that we had on the computer
on the test track and we can repeat the same scenario
over and over again with the exact same outcome. But also if you want
to vary the scenario, for instance, change the speed
or the distance between the vehicles, this is also very easy to do. We just change the parameter
in the computer file and then we program the robot and run
a variation of the same scenario. OK, I will start the test in the laptop,
activate the robot here, and then you can just go
slightly forward and then… Yeah, and then you can
activate the robot. – Yeah, that’s enough.
– Now I push this? That’s it? Yeah. Test started. There we go. – Here we go.
– Yeah. It’s a bit awkward.
The steering wheel is turning. So now it will find the lane
it should be located in and just follow the truck
in front of us. – It’s following the other robot.
– It’s following the other robot. So now when that one turns out,
it does now, heavily, and I will just hold… Hold tight. – You can release the button.
– Yes. – Perfect.
– Very good. Not so long ago, this kind of technology
was just fiction, something you would see
in futuristic movies. Nowadays there’s nothing strange
about this concept. It’s in fact a necessity
for the engineers at Volvo Trucks. It’s their important work
that helps drive the future for safer roads for all road users. The emergency brake system
that we tested here today will definitely be a helping hand
in that matter. Thanks for watching.
See you next time. Bye-bye.