Friday, 24 June 2022 14:20

Einride Pod Cab-less Truck Granted NHTSA Approval for U.S. Roads

Written by Dan Mihalascu, InsideEVs


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Swedish freight technology company Einride announced it has received approval from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to operate its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles on U.S. public roads.

This marks the first time a purpose-built autonomous electric truck without a driver on board receives permission to use public roads in the U.S. Einride will use the approval to conduct a public road pilot with GE Appliances, to support its operational flows and thus showcase the Einride Pod's purpose-built functionality for future commercialization.


The autonomous electric truck does not have room for a driver on board, as it is built without a traditional front cab. It is monitored by a remote pod operator, making this pilot an industry first for this new type of vehicle.


Einride said it sees the operator as "critical in safely scaling autonomous vehicles by keeping humans in the loop and creating jobs to fulfill a future way of shipping."


The Einride Pod will operate on public roads with mixed traffic while executing real life workflows, including the movement of goods and coordinating with teams at various warehouses for loading and unloading.  


"This is a type of vehicle that has never before been seen on U.S. roads and marks a major milestone as a turning point for the future of the freight industry," said Robert Falck, CEO and founder of Einride. "We know the autonomous and electric technology of our pod will not only revolutionize transportation but also create thousands of jobs and help America stay competitive."


The public road pilot will take place in Tennessee in the third quarter of 2022 and will be done at...

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