Volvo prototype LX03: the intelligent future of construction

Published 11/3, 2022 at 09:15

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

It 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 remarkable milestone breaking new ground in smart construction technology. It represents both the next stage in Volvo CE’s exploration into machine intelligence and its determination to decarbonise the construction industry. What started out as an exciting project between designers and engineers at the two companies to explore the potential for future construction, evolved over time with the help of a team of children into what became the successful launch of the ‘42081 Lego Technic Concept Wheel Loader Zeux’.

The prototype LX03 has been built by a dedicated team of engineers, programmers and workshop technicians from Volvo CE sites in Eskilstuna, Sweden and Konz, Germany, in collaboration with the design team in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is a 5t 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 run time of up to 8h, depending on its application.

The LX03 is designed to be a smart and safe worker, equipped with a brain that has the capacity to adapt to different scenarios, to make decisions in real time, and, most importantly, collaborate with humans. It can be programmed by customers to complete heavy, repetitive, or dangerous tasks, thereby reducing the need for a human on site.

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