Volvo made a toy excavator out of LEGO – it’s so good they’ve turned it into a real autonomous electric vehicle
In 2018, Volvo partnered with LEGO to build a Technic series vehicle. They created the LEGO Technic Volvo Concept Loader ZEUX, which was not just a toy, but it was a small-scale prototype of an autonomous electric construction machine.
From Volvo they say that working on a LEGO helped them to test new construction ideas and now, three years later, they have been based on this toy to turn it into a 100% autonomous prototype with electric battery.
From LEGO toy to ambitious autonomous vehicle project
This LEGO vehicle is the first LEGO Technic proposal to become a real vehicle. Volvo has announced the prototype of its Volvo LX03, which it calls “the first real-world example of a self-learning wheel loader to make decisions, perform tasks and interact with humans.”
La LX03 is an electric self-contained convertible loader / unloader, up on sensors to maintain balance when picking up heavy loads with the shovel.
The vehicle is shaped like a scissor, which gives it a lot of mobility and different working positions
is designed for working on land, collecting heavy materials, mining and other industrial works. It has a scissor-shaped design, which Volvo claims allows greater freedom of movement and stability during the loading process.
It has a total weight of 5 tons, measures 5.9 meters high by 2.1 wide and 1.9 high, reaching a maximum speed of 38 km / h. Its battery has a capacity of 40 kWh, and Volvo promises that it has an operating time of between 4 and 8 hours.
Although it is a prototype in testing, Volvo wants this machine to become a commercial vehicle, although it has no date for its mass production.
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