Volta Trucks Partners With HERE Technologies On Navigation System

Volta Trucks, the all-electric vehicle manufacturer and services provider has announced it will work alongside HERE Technologies on a bespoke navigation system.

Volta Zero driving down the street
The Volta Zero is believed to be a real game-changer in the ever-expanding world of electric vehicles © Credit to Volta Trucks

Volta Trucks, one of the forward-thinking names in electric commercial vehicles, has confirmed reports that the forthcoming Volta Zero will feature integrated navigation services from HERE Technologies.

HERE’s mission is to spread its open platform to companies that need it, they want “our customers to achieve better outcomes — from helping a city manage its infrastructure or a business optimise its assets to guiding drivers to their destination safely.”

The latter applies to Volta directly, the name behind the Volta Zero, an all-electric 16-tonne vehicle optimised for ‘urban logistics.’ It has a range of around 125 miles total, and is expected to eliminate an estimated 1.2m tonnes of CO2 by 2025, according to Volta.

Which brings us to this announcement. The Volta Zero will employ EV Range Assistant when rolled out, a feature from HERE Technologies that is tailored for inner-city deliveries.

It includes range prediction for trucks on route and allows for effective route learning. Here’s everything the Volta Zero will be able to achieve moving forwards thanks to HERE’s tech:

  • Search
  • Routing
  • Real-Time Traffic
  • Turn-By-Turn Voice Guidance

With HERE Navigation, Volta Trucks will be able to take advantage of the navigation-as-a-service model to deliver a simplified infotainment supply chain and development process.

There are countless benefits to heading in this direction, such as reduced costs, improved scalability, and more.

“With HERE Navigation, we can provide innovative and differentiated experiences to our drivers while simplifying our supply chain – a key benefit supporting our accelerated route to market,” said Ian Collins, Chief Product Officer of Volta Trucks.

Whats more, with HERE Navigation, Volta drivers will be able to use ‘innovative’ geolocation technology, what3words.

What is what3words? It’s a simple way to identify a location in a way that is a lot more precise compared to a simple street address.

Drivers can enter what3words addresses directly into their in-truck systems by hand, allowing them to easily navigate to locations as specific as building entrances or loading bays – ideal for busy drivers making multiple deliveries in a crowded city.

The prototype Volta Zero was launched in September 2020 with the company eyeing a mid-2022 official launch. What do you make of the Volta Zero/HERE Technologies connection? Let us know in the comments down below. We want your take.

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