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Volvo and Lego Engineers Collaborate on Smart Construction Technology

Volvo and Lego Engineers Collaborate on Smart Construction Technology
27 October 2021
 

Meet Volvo prototype LX03 – billed as the intelligent future of construction.

LX03 is a fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype by Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE). It is the first real-world example of a self-learning concept wheel loader with the intelligence to make decisions, perform tasks, and interact with humans.

 

First LEGO® Technic Model to be Turned into a Real Machine

 

LX03 is also the first time ever a LEGO® Technic model has been turned into a real machine. While not commercially available, engineers expect that valuable insights from the LX03 will feed into applications for today and tomorrow.

Inspired by a concept devised by Volvo CE and LEGO® Technic engineers and designers, the Volvo LX03 is a demonstration of both machine intelligence and an attempt to decarbonize the construction industry. 

 

Zero-Emission Machine Can Complete Heavy and Dangerous Tasks

 

Text BoxThe prototype LX03 has been built by a dedicated team of engineers and programmers from Volvo CE sites in Eskilstuna, Sweden and Konz, Germany, in collaboration with the design team in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It is a five-ton wheel loader that has been developed as a modular concept, with the capability of being made larger or smaller with just one or two changes to the manufacturing process. It also shares its driveline with the L25 Electric, making it a zero-emission, low-noise machine with a runtime of up to eight hours depending on its application. 

It is designed to be a smart and safe worker, equipped with a brain that has the capacity to adapt to different scenarios, make decisions in real-time and most importantly collaborate with humans. It can be programmed by customers to complete heavy, repetitive or dangerous tasks, reducing the need for a human on site.

Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, says: “We need to transform the construction industry with smart and more sustainable solutions that will have an impact on a global scale. The unveiling of the LX03 prototype today represents just that – and is testament to the incredible expertise of our engineers and our united commitment towards positive change. Together with the LEGO Group, we are pushing the boundaries of both technology and imagination and the result is beyond anything the world has seen before.”

Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer of Volvo Group, says: “As transport and infrastructure leaders we have a vital role to play in taking action on climate change and stepping up the pace of innovation needed to deliver on emissions targets. We believe in working with driven and creative partners who, like us, are focused on making innovation real and moving beyond just words.”

The LEGO Group’s Head of Product for LEGO Technic, Niels Henrik Horsted says: “Our two companies have enjoyed an extremely successful partnership over the years in which we have collaborated on several LEGO Technic models. But this is the first time we are making a real machine based on a model and not the other way around – and that is what makes this a truly unique project.”

Picture: a photograph of the prototype

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 27 October 2021

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