Earlier this month Swedish transport company Einride revealed it has updated its Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles to be more aerodynamically stable. To test out the updated versions of the AET’s, Einride have decided to put one of the vehicles through its paces on the iconic Top Gear track in Surrey, England.
Despite the Top Gear track seeing its fare share of strange vehicles complete a lap over the years, this is the first time electric heavy transport AV has set a time on the circuit. In the video, you can see the autonomous vehicle reach a top speed of 80 km/h as it makes its way down the first straight. A top speed of 80 km/h may pale in comparisons when compared to some of the other vehicles that have made their way around the track, it is more or less the average speed limit for heavy goods vehicles when travelling in the European Union.
Take a look at the lap below
The hot-lap around Top Gears circuit seems to have inspired the Einride team to infected the Einride team with a racing bug, as the updated autonomous vehicle will now take on the Goodwood circuit at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Einride spent a year testing the vehicles on public roads in Sweden, and are now ready to send its creation out into the open world, with the company officially opening pre-orders for the AET 1 and AET 2 and will start to ship in 2021.
Picture: Screenshot from video