Want to know what driving an electric truck remotely from across the ocean feels like? Visitors at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Future Lab last week already do.
The Festival, held in the beautiful parkland of West Sussex, England, is motor culture’s ultimate garden party. In other words, the perfect place to introduce the world's first remote drive station for transport.
Einride shipped the station over to England and offered visitors the chance to maneuver the electric Pod live at the AstaZero test track in Sweden, 1,200 kilometers away.
Remote operation and oversight technology give Einride operators the ability to monitor and control the autonomous and electric Pod — and sometimes multiple Pods — over a 5G connection from nearly anywhere in the world. The technology has the potential to change what it means to be a trucker, from “on the road” to “work from home.”
“We need to think outside the box, and outside the box is actually being at Goodwood [and remotely driving the Pod],” said Marie Dahlgren, Vice President of Product Development.