Scania unveils self-driving NXT concept

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The vehicle offers a look ahead to what might be possible in 2030, Scania says

Scania has revealed the NXT concept, a self-driving electric vehicle designed to “shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night.”

The modular vehicle is able to ‘change shape’ to suit each of the above tasks; the front and rear drive modules can be fitted to bus, truck or refuse collection bodies.

The NXT in public transport form

The bus version will be on display at this year’s UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm from 10 to 12 June.
“NXT is a vision of the future for transport in cities,” said Scania’s President and CEO Henrik Henriksson.

“Several of these technologies have yet to fully mature but for us it’s been important to actually build a concept vehicle to visibly and technically demonstrate ideas of what is within reach.

“NXT is designed for 2030 and beyond while incorporating several cutting-edge features that are already available.”
The eight-metre-long bus module is built as one composite unit, substantially reducing weight.

The cylindrical cell batteries are placed under the floor, thereby utilising otherwise dead space as well as contributing to better weight distribution.

With the low vehicle weight of less than eight tonnes, the range with present-day batteries is estimated at 245 kilometres.
Robert Sjödin, NXT Project Manager, added: “This is something new, something very different. Yet flexible design and modularised units lie very much at the core of Scania.

“Continuous improvement in small steps has been the hallmark of Scania.

“We are now taking a giant leap into the future. This vehicle will provide invaluable tangible data in our continued development of electrified autonomous vehicles.”


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