7/28/2015

Daimler Readies Self-Driving Trucks in Germany

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Daimler AG tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine it hopes before the end of 2015 to begin testing self-driving commercial trucks on German highways.

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Daimler AG tells the Frankfurter Allgemeine it hopes before the end of 2015 to begin testing self-driving commercial trucks on German highways.

Executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard, who heads Daimler's commercial truck business, says the company expects to receive approval from the German government within a few weeks. Daimler plans to conduct initial tests in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the company's home state.

Daimler demonstrated its on-highway autonomous truck driving system to reporters in the U.S. in May when it unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration. The big highway truck has received a license from the state of Nevada to operate on public roads there.

The Inspiration is equipped to drive itself on highways but requires human piloting on regular streets. At the unveiling Bernhard agreed with other transport experts that the first broad use of robotic driving systems is likely to be in long-haul highway trucks rather than passenger cars.