The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:11 AM EST

Diesel-fueled freight trucks account for roughly 7% of the world’s total emissions. That’s why Sweden-based Einride designed a new type of freight vehicle: an all-electric, totally autonomous truck that can carry up to 35,000 lb. of goods, promising to reduce carbon emissions by more than 90% compared with a conventional big rig. With no seat for a driver or even a steering wheel, Einride “pods” drive themselves though a cloud-based remote-monitoring system that allows human operators to take control if necessary. “It’s the next generation of transport,” says founder and CEO Robert Falck. The company’s sleek, white vehicles are already being tested on public roads in Sweden, and the firm has partnered with companies like Coca-Cola, Bridgestone and Lidl. —­Nik Popli

 

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