Inspired by a concept from the engineers and designers of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and LEGO Technic, the Volvo LX03 is a future-oriented 5-ton autonomous electric wheel loader prototype.
It was developed as a modular concept, with the ability to be scaled up or down with just one or two changes in the manufacturing process, Volvo explains. It also shares its transmission with the L25 Electric, making it a zero emission, low noise machine with up to eight hours of runtime depending on its application.
The prototype is designed to be a smart and safe worker, equipped with a “brain” capable of adapting to different scenarios, making real-time decisions and, most importantly, collaborating with humans. Depending on the company, it can be programmed by customers to perform heavy, repetitive or dangerous tasks, reducing the need for a human on site.
“We need to transform the construction industry with smarter, more sustainable solutions that will have an impact on a global scale,” said Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE. “The unveiling of the LX03 prototype represents exactly that and is a testament to the incredible expertise of our engineers and our united commitment to positive change. With the LEGO Group, we are pushing the boundaries of technology and imagination and the result is beyond anything the world has seen before. “
The LX03 prototype was built by a dedicated team of engineers, programmers and workshop technicians from Volvo CE sites in Eskilstuna, Sweden and Konz, Germany, together with the design team in Gothenburg, in Sweden.
“As leaders in transport and infrastructure, we have a critical role to play in tackling climate change and accelerating the pace of innovation needed to meet emissions targets,” said Lars Stenqvist, director of the Volvo Group technology. “We believe in working with motivated and creative partners who, like us, are focused on delivering innovation and going beyond words.
Source: Volvo CE