Germany’s giant discount supermarket chain, Lidl, is working with the Swedish start-up Einride on a driver-less and all-electric truck for deliveries. The company aims to begin the first tests in late 2018.
In the coming year, Lidl Sweden intends to test the autonomous truck at some branches, confirmed in an announcement by the company. The company is currently applying for the required license in order to use the vehicle on public roads. According Einride the tests of the “T-Pods” will begin in the third quarter of 2018 in the Swedish city of Halmstad.
The Swedish start-up was founded in 2016 and has developed the T-Pod, a driver-less truck that runs autonomously on freeways and highways but can be remotely steered if required. The electric vehicle has a range of 200 kilometers and holds 15 standard pallets.