‘Self-learning’ wheeled loader from Volvo CE
By Andy Brown27 October 2021
The fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype wheeled loader, LX03 by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), is said to be the first real-world example of a self-learning concept wheeled loader with the intelligence to make decisions, perform tasks, and interact with humans.
While not commercially available, engineers expect that insights from the LX03 will feed into future applications.
Inspired by a concept devised by Volvo CE and LEGO Technic engineers and designers, the LX03 represents both the next stage in Volvo CE’s exploration into machine intelligence and its determination to decarbonise the construction industry.
Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, said, “We need to transform the construction industry with smart and more sustainable solutions that will have an impact on a global scale. The unveiling of the LX03 prototype today represents just that.”
The five ton wheeled loader has been developed as a modular concept, with the capability of being made larger or smaller with just one or two changes to the manufacturing process. It shares its driveline with the L25 Electric, making it a zero emission, low-noise machine with a runtime of up to eight hours depending on its application.
It is said to have the capacity to adapt to different scenarios, make decisions in real-time and collaborate with humans. It can be programmed by customers to complete heavy, repetitive or dangerous tasks, reducing the need for a human on site.
Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer of Volvo Group, said, “As transport and infrastructure leaders we have a vital role to play in taking action on climate change and stepping up the pace of innovation needed to deliver on emissions targets.”