Webuild tests autonomous prototype
By Catrin Jones12 April 2022
Webuild and its Swiss subsidiary, CSC Costruzioni, have successfully completed a test run of AXEL (Autonomous Exploration Electrified Vehicle).
The zero-emissions robot prototype is designed to improve the safety of workers that are involved in the excavation of the Turin-Lyon base tunnel.
AXEL is a collaboration between the Webuild Group and the research centre Competence Industry Manufacturing 4.0 (CIM).
TELT (Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin), the binational public entity responsible for the development and management of a high-speed/high-capacity railway to be built under the Alps between Turin and Lyon, commissioned the test run.
The prototype conducted a preliminary inspection of a tunnel at the Nicchie La Maddalena construction site on the Italian side of the planned base tunnel between the two cities.
The Nicchie La Maddalena site required a 3km inspection to ensure that the unknown atmospheric conditions would be safe for workers.