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Autonomous trucks gain momentum in the USA

The future for autonomous vehicle technology is approaching and it is predicted to reduce accidents, improve fuel consumption, reduce highway congestion, and safeguard the environment.

The first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States has been handed to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). Much work was carried out by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to monitor the advancements made in autonomous vehicle development, and has reviewed DTNA’s safety, testing and training plans before granting permission.

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is equipped with Highway Pilot sensors and specialised computer systems to automate driving. The Highway Pilot links together a sophisticated set of camera technology and radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering and other monitoring systems. This combination creates a Level 3 autonomous vehicle operating system that can perform safely under a range of highway driving conditions. 

While it is autonomous, it is not a driverless truck and the driver still plays a key part of the collaborative vehicle system. Drivers are able to optimise their time on the road and still take control when necessary in highway settings.

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Posted Date: October 8, 2015

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