Daimler tests its self-driving truck on German Autobahn

By | October 5, 2015


For the first time, Daimler has conducted test drive for its self driving truck in real-time traffic on Friday in Germany. During the test, one Daimler officials sat in the Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, which comes with “Highway pilot” technology of the company and the truck drove 9 miles on Germany’s Autobahn 8.

Wolfgang Bernhard, a Daimler Board member said in a statement, “Today’s premiere is a further important step towards the market maturity of autonomously driving trucks — and towards the safe, sustainable road freight transport of the future, safe testing in real traffic is absolutely decisive for the development of this technology to market maturity. We are now able to proceed with this.”

This robotic self driving truck for the Germany auto-maker comes with a stereo camera, front mounted radar and the company’s Adaptive Cruise Control system. This test drive also shows that the technology can work on other vehicles also.

This tech was unveiled back in May, since then Daimler has tested the self driving truck on various occasions in United States and Germany. Till now, this tech is semi autonomous. Whenever the truck faces some unavoidable obstacle, it will prompt drivers to take control of the vehicles. If driver takes control of the truck, it is fine, but if driver doesn’t respond the truck will automatically stop. Still lots of works need to be done, before this heavy vehicle can control any situations.

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