Daimler tests level 4 autonomous trucks on public roads

Will Shiers
September 9, 2019


Daimler Trucks has started testing level 4 autonomous Freightliner trucks on public roads in North America.

The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia, where Daimler’s recently acquired autonomous vehicle specialist Torc Robotics is headquartered. The on-road trial, which follows extensive track testing, requires both an engineer and a highly trained safety driver travel in the cabs.

Martin Daum, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for trucks and buses, said: “Bringing level 4 trucks to the public roads is a major step toward our goal to deliver reliable and safe trucks for the benefits of our customers, our economies and society.”

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Will Shiers

Will Shiers has held an HGV licence since the age of 21, and has been writing about commercial vehicles for the past 25 years. He started his career as technical editor on Motor Transport, before taking on the editorship of Truck & Driver. Since 2011 he has been the editor of industry leading weekly publication Commercial Motor. Will is the UK jury member of the International Truck of the Year.

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