Volvo is known for making some of the safest vehicles in the world and unfortunately for the Swedish automaker, being safe, has earned it the tag of being 'boring'.
However, one of Volvo's head honchos decided to prove the safety credentials of his self-driving truck by engaging in the ultimate game of chicken in an underground mine.
Torbjörn Holmström, a member of the Volvo Group Executive Board and Chief Technology Officer for Volvo decided to prove the safety credentials of Volvo's prototype autonomous truck.
He stood in front of the truck as it drove down a mine 1320 metres below the ground, in the Kristineberg mine, 100 kilometres from Arvidsjaur in northern Sweden.
Thankfully for Holmström, the self-driving truck, came to a halt right in front of him before honking its displeasure at him.
The truck in question is a specially modified Volvo FMX. Using various sensors, it continuously monitors its surroundings and avoids both fixed and moving obstacles. At the same time, an on-board transport system gathers data to optimize and coordinate the route and fuel consumption.
The autonomous truck was being tested in real-life operation for the very first time and covered a total distance of seven kilometers in the narrow mine tunnels.