A vehicle is moved up to 30 times from the production line to arrival at the dealer. Each time, a driver currently needs to get into the car and drive to the next location. The Born To Drive project is developing a solution that will both guide the car to the right place at the right time as well as monitor the route to ensure no incidents occur. The aim is to demonstrate this in practice at a factory site in summer 2017.
From a broader perspective, the result of the automated logistical solution project should be looked upon as an additional initiative in line with the major changes and developments ahead of us in the field of transportation and mobility.
“Through the collaborative Born To Drive project, many parties will create important new expertise in order to develop and meet future needs in one of the region’s growth areas, says Kent-Eric Lång, Program Director Vehicle ICT Arena.
The trend is the same the world over. Digitization and automation are leaving an ever-greater mark on more and more activities in society. Highly automated manufacturing is nothing new, but the level of automation is now rapidly increasing in the distribution channel. Born To Drive’s vision is to take this development to yet another level and practical application. Using the technical expertise already available today, Born To Drive will become a test arena for the new expertise required for business structures, legal aspects and user perspectives.
Sweden’s ambition is to take the lead in terms of developing automated transport systems. Born To Drive will create expertise through an early and limited application, which will provide valuable lessons and experience to other projects in the field, not least the strategic innovation program, Drive Sweden.
Facts about Born To Drive
Volvo Car Group is represented and involved with the Logistic division, as the ordering unit and receiver, and through Product Development with expertise and know-how of autonomous technology. The engineering company Combitech manages the project, while system design, development and testing of solutions is carried out together with Actia, Consat and Semcon. The research institute Viktoria Swedish ICT studies the development of innovation systems when multiple players are involved. The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is responsible for the project’s legal issues, together with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket).
Facts about Vehicle ICT Arena at Lindholmen
Vehicle ICT Arena aims to create innovative supplier structures within the automotive industry. This is why Vehicle ICT Arena has been used as a platform for cooperation between vehicle manufacturers and a number of potential new software-based product suppliers (today’s service suppliers).