As per the screenshot, which is included in the gallery above, Falck said that Einride had been meeting with the Swedish Transport Authority Transportstyrelsen in view of securing an extension on the permit they already had for road testing their driverless, electric freight trucks. The extension was denied because the driverless trucks don’t have, duh, drivers who can present IDs.
“We will not get the next permit to test on public road because the authorities demand that the vehicle most be able to make a blow in a alcohol test machine and show a driving license [sic],” Falck wrote, asking for ideas on how to proceed next.
If this is true, it’s beyond ridiculous. Among other trucks, Sweden-based Einride has been testing the T-Pod since 2019. The T-Pod can operate in fully autonomous mode or can be controlled remotely by a human operator, with Einride hoping to get it out as soon as possible. In fact, the last round of investments is geared towards accelerating the official launch, so clients like Lidl and Oatly can start using fleets of T-Pods to haul goods.
Einride estimates that, in time, a human operator will be able to oversee several such T-Pods driving simultaneously, which will considerably speed up the process and cut down costs. The 20-ton, cabin-less truck has a range of 200 km (125 miles) on a single charge and a total payload of 20 metric tons (33,000 pounds).
What it does not have, apparently, is the ability to blow into a breathalyzer or have a driver’s license.