Scania has built a powersliding, autonomous dumper truck | Top Gear
BBC TopGear
BBC TopGear
Subscribe to Top Gear magazine
Sign up to our Top Gear Magazine
Monday 25th September

Scania has built a powersliding, autonomous dumper truck

Stop searching. We've found the best thing on the internet

Published: 25 Sep 2019

We’d like to imagine that at some point in the recent past, someone at Scania asked 'what would the car internet like to see?' followed up by the best possible answer. 'How about an autonomous dumper truck powersliding around an abandoned mine modelled after a DOG?'

Yes folks, this is that thing. Autonomous. Dumper truck. Powersliding. Best day ever.

Advertisement - Page continues below

Christened the Scania AXL, the truck is still a concept for now. However, these are no renders - it’s a 100 per cent real, living and breathing thing. It looks fantastic without a cab too, doesn’t it? Scania’s styling team leader Xavier Carreras Castro likens it to a bulldog.

“You cannot create a nice friendly animal that works in a mine. It has to have the same type of character. It has to reflect,” he says. Let’s have more vehicles designed to look like dogs, please.

The AXL uses a combination of seven camera systems, three sensor systems and frickin' laser beams to create a map of the vehicle’s surroundings, allowing it to navigate safely and do its job.

“We already have self-driving trucks in customer operations. However so far, they have been with room for a safety driver who can intervene if necessary,” says Claes Erixon, head of research and development at Scania.

Advertisement - Page continues below

This is a bold move then, and we can’t imagine the bravery that’s required to stand in front of an autonomous dumper whilst it skids itself around a mine. Still, apparently that white line that runs around the whole of the AXL lights up in your direction when the cameras and radars have spotted you – so at least you’ll know when it knows you’re there.

We don’t know much else about the AXL – it is a concept after all. However, we are aware that it’s powered by renewable biofuel and that it sits on top of a normal Scania chassis, so the autonomous bits could presumably be carried over into different construction vehicles for different applications.

Dumper trucks are the best though, aren’t they?

Top Gear

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

More from Top Gear

See more on Concept

Promoted Content

Subscribe to the Top Gear Newsletter

Get all the latest news, reviews and exclusives, direct to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear and BBC Studios. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

BBC TopGear

Try BBC Top Gear Magazine

Get your first 5 issues for £5