Swedish transport company Einride has opened pre-orders for two of its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles while also updating them to be more aerodynamic. The vehicles in question are the AET 1 and AET 2 and will start to ship in 2021.
The AET’s are capable of level-4 self-driving, meaning they’re one level away from qualifying as ‘ fully autonomous’. The vehicles don’t feature a cabin for a backup driver to sit in, instead, they can be monitored remotely. This also means one employee can observe multiple vehicles at once, according to reports from Engadget.
If you choose to purchase the AET 1 or AET 2, don’t expect the vehicles to reach blistering speeds like in other electric vehicles. Both feature a top speed of just 30 km/h, but make up for the lack of speed with an impressive payload capacity of up to 16 tons and range between 130 and 180 kilometres on a single charge.
The difference between the AET 1 or AET 2 lies in their operational boundaries. The AET 1 has been designed to operate in closed areas with predetermined routes and schedules like airports or shipping ports for example. The AET 2, however, is able to operate on shorter journeys on public roads.
Einride spent a year testing the vehicles on public roads in Sweden, and is now ready to send its creation out into the open world.
The next generation Pod is here, with a new design and new functionality.
— Einride (@einrideofficial) October 8, 2020