A smart trailer perfect for autonomy

A smart trailer perfect for autonomy

Swedish freight technology company Einride is developing a trailer optimised for electric and autonomous trucks, which can provide insights into transport operations based on artificial intelligence (AI).

The Einride Trailer, an electric long-haul semi-trailer, was recently unveiled as a solution to optimise fleet utilisation and the total cost of operations at Einride Mesh 2022. The event, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, and streamed globally, featured inspiring talks, panel discussions, product reveals, and showcases.

Einride Mesh was the first edition of a new annual event hosted by Einride celebrating the movers and shakers across tech, sustainability, and culture. The event brought together four tech leaders whose companies focus on different modes of electric transport.

Joining the discussion – moderated by Einride’s founder and CEO Robert Falck – were Jenny Kaisu, CEO of electric boat maker X Shore; Stefan Ytterborn, founder and CEO of CAKE, which produces lightweight electric motorcycles; and Anders Forslund, CEO of Heart Aerospace, which aims to electrify short-haul aviation. These were four unique perspectives coming together to debate innovative ideas and expand upon the notion of intelligent movement.

“Our goal with the inaugural Einride Mesh was simple: create a platform for thought leaders to come together and share how we can create a better future, regardless of what industry we sit in,” said Linnéa Kornehed, co-founder and CMO of Einride. “To see leaders, students, investors, and culture influencers gather together is a true testament to the impact that is possible for creating sustainable futures when wider audiences collaborate together.”

Falck announced the forthcoming Einride Trailer, describing it as the most intelligent trailer to date. Designed for seamless integration with Einride electric and autonomous vehicles for optimal performance, the trailer will also be compatible with conventional electric trucks.

The smart trailer is powered by the company’s Saga digital operating platform, which it describes as a suite of apps for end-to-end electric and autonomous freight. The four apps are:

  • Evolve, which generates plans for electrification and automation by identifying electrification sweet spots and defining potential environmental impact.
  • Explore, which visualises data across cost insights, fill rates, and CO2
  • Book, which tracks loads from creation to final delivery and can be integrated with transporters’ current order management systems.
  • Orchestrate, which bridges communications between automated transport planning and human interaction to ensure the entire network of electric trucks and chargers is displayed in real-time.

Enabled by Saga, Einride revealed that its new trailer will provide AI-based insights into the cargo being transported by providing real-time data across key touch points, including loading route planning, fill rates, cargo monitoring, and preventative maintenance.

An extended range of up to 650 km on a single charge will also be possible with all-new Einride 320 kWh batteries that will be incorporated in Einride Trailer production. The designs will continue further iterations, with plans to complete production for initial piloting in 2023.

“By offering these latest product offerings with Saga and showcasing our latest designs for future electric freight hardware, we are able to tap into an even larger potential to help shippers transition towards electric and being able to cost competitively reach their sustainability goals,” said Falck.

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Jaco de Klerk

In his capacity as editor of SHEQ MANAGEMENT, Jaco de Klerk is regarded as one of the country’s leading journalists when it comes to the issue of sustainability. He is also assistant editor of FOCUS on Transport & Logistics.
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