Master Thesis - Autonomous Transports in Car Manufacturing i Göteborg

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Thesis Worker at Volvo Cars

Welcome to explore the world of Volvo Cars by writing your thesis with us! As a thesis worker in our organization you are supported by a supervisor who follows you during your project. All thesis projects are arranged in business critical areas and therefore you will be able to contribute to our company purpose – providing freedom to move in a safe, sustainable and personal way – from day one! 



Volvo Cars manufactures cars in the premium segment. Autonomous Drive (AD) technologies have arisen to be one of the most important innovation in the automotive industry.  In the short term, AD will transform commute behaviors, make the roads safer and improve efficiency. In the long term, AD has potential to radically alter the way we live, with huge benefits to both individuals and society. However, little focus has been given to the benefits and challenges of utilizing AD technology in the end of the car manufacturing processes and subsequent logistics. Volvo Cars term this as Autonomous Transports (AT) and is defined to be a combination of the two existing technologies AD and Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). 

In an earlier study at Volvo Cars, process prerequisites, AT-Human interaction, and dependability were identified as key challenges. The overall purpose of this study is to investigate in-depth the key challenges and elaborate and recommend candidate solutions for AT. This in order to define requirements on vehicle and process design solutions for AT.

●    Literature review for locating and studying relevant AT technologies in manufacturing environments
●    Data collection (e.g., interviewing experienced personnel and using information in documents and archival data) at Volvo Cars for describing and assessing the key challenges for AT in-depth.
●    Identifying, analyzing and formulating candidate process/product solutions for AT.


Expected outcome of the study:
○    Recommendations on process/product solutions for AT and how they should be adapted and applied to AT for innovation in manufacturing 


Office, computer and software will be arranged by University and Volvo Cars. 


This thesis work needs to be conducted by two students. The time period is January/February to May 2023.


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Please note that due to GDPR, applications via email will not be accepted. Apply no later than December 9th, 2022.


For questions about the thesis work, please contact supervisor Joakim Pernstål at


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Volvo Cars is a company on a mission to bring traditional car manufacturing into a connected, sustainable and smart future. Since 1927, we've been known for our commitment to safety and for creating innovative cars that make life less complicated. In 2010, we decided to radically redefine our business, resulting in a totally new generation of cars and technology, as well as steady growth and record sales - and we're only getting started. By 2025, we aim to have yearly sales of 1.2 million cars, 50% of which will be electric vehicles and sold directly to customers through digital channels. We also intend to strengthen our position as a modern, progressive employer committed to diversity and gender and racial equality. We believe in the power of people. Join us and be part of Volvo Cars' transformation. 

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