Volvo CE develops self-learning wheel loader prototype based on LEGO Technic model
The fully autonomous LX03 can make decisions, perform tasks, and interact with humans
Inspired by a concept devised by Volvo CE and LEGO Technic engineers and designers, the Volvo LX03 prototype is a new approach to smart construction technology. According to Volvo CE, this fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype is the first real-world example of a self-learning concept wheel loader that can make decisions, perform tasks, and interact with humans. It is also the first time ever that a LEGO Technic model has been turned into a real machine.
What started out as a project between designers and engineers at the two companies to explore the potential for future construction has evolved over time with the help of a team of children into the launch of the 42081 LEGO Technic concept wheel loader ZEUX.
The prototype LX03 is a 5-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."