The future of automation is happening now

We believe that automation will redefine the commercial transport solutions that most of us rely on every day.
Automation will create real-life benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of productivity, safety, energy and fuel efficiency.

Since the ideal automation level is determined by its added value for customers and society, Volvo Group will introduce automated applications gradually over time.

Levels of Automation

Levels of Automation

Various solutions will be required depending on the degree of automation that is sought and the complexity of the situation where the transport solution is to operate.

Driver: Driver is fully engaged all the time.

Driver Assistance: Automation of individual function, driver fully engaged – Driver may be “feet off” e.g. when using cruise control.

Partial Automation: Automated of multiple functions, driver fully engaged – Driver may be both “feet off” and “hands off”, but eyes must stay on the road.

Conditional Automation: Automation of multiple functions, driver responds to a request to intervene – Driver may be “feet off”, “hands off” and “eyes off”, but must be able to resume control quickly.

High Automation: Automated in certain conditions, driver not expected to monitor road – Driver has no responsibility during automated mode.

Full Automation: Situation independent automated driving – Driver has no responsibility during driving.

Voices on Automation

Jiang Kun

Student, University of Franche-Comté, France.

Victoria Kogan

Computer Vision Researcher, Israel.

Opportunities with Automation


Effective hazard recognition and prevention


Optimised traffic flow and fleet management


Increased fuel efficiency, reduced traffic congestion and emissions

Our ongoing research projects

Our first completely autonomous truck

The self-driving FMX truck is part of a research and development project involving autonomous vehicles, intended to create greater business advantages for customers, mainly in the mining industry.

The research project is a cooperative venture in which we and Saab – through its wholly owned technology consulting company Combitech – are partnering to develop a fully autonomous transport system solution.

Trucks on a European tour

On the initiative of the Dutch Presidency of EU, three Volvo trucks communication wirelessly and driving closely to another travelled through Europe to Rotterdam to a final event in April 2016.


During 2010-2012 we participated in the EU financed SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the environment) project. The test included a lead Volvo FH truck followed by three cars driven at a speed of up to 90 km/h, with no more than a six-meter gap between the vehicles.

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