Daimler Trucks testing driverless convoys on US public highways

By Pouyan Broukhim

The North American Trucking branch of Daimler AG, the company behind Mercedes, has announced that it will be testing digitally connected driverless trucks on selected US highways in Oregon and Nevada.

The autonomous trucks will be tested in a platooning operation, with long highways being predominant for this kind of trucking. The vehicles were tested successfully previously, but have now received the green light for further testing whilst pairing multiple trucks.

The initiative is in reaction to increasing customer interest in the automated and connected driving market of commercial transport, a sector that new autonomous technologies are largely going to be geared towards.

See also:

“We see growing customer interest in platooning. This technology stands for more efficiency and safety. Platooning technology is not meant to replace drivers – it’s designed to help drivers. When the world is ready for platooning, DTNA will have a proven solution,” said Roger Nielsen, President and CEO of Daimler.

“Right now, we are driving Freightliners in platoons every day. I have personally driven one of our trucks in a connected mode. My experience has been impressive.”

The company is staying ahead in order to retain its predominance in the North American truck market, with its Freightliner and Western Star brands accounting for 40% of the regional market share.

The announcement was made at the North American Vehicle Show, held in Atlanta between 24th - 28th September, an event that featured some of the biggest names in the industry including Cummins, Navistar as well as Freightliner.

Share

Featured Articles

Must-attend sustainability events for executives in 2022/23

Discuss and debate the most pressing issues around sustainability at these nine executive events – from London to Abu Dhabi, San Diego to Singapore

Meet the CEO on a mission to nurture women leaders in Africa

The argument for women leaders in Africa is compelling, yet numbers are small. But one female leader is on a mission to change that – Awamary Lowe-Khan

BCG's Daniel Weise on supply chain and procurement strategy

Daniel Weise, global leader of Boston Consulting Group’s procurement business line, on the timely publication of his new book, Profit From The Source

Flexible work perks heat up as the war on talent rages

Human Capital

Meet the COO: Former Israel Defense Force cyber lead Parnes

Technology & AI

People Moves: Pinterest, Amazon, DocuSign, KFC, Walmart Ca.

Leadership & Strategy