Daimler have developed a truck in which the driver can finally let go – at least of the steering wheel.
That is because this is the first road-approved truck for autonomous operation.
Autonomous driving is made possible by the Highway Pilot, which took a further step towards production maturity with the unveiling of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. The Inspiration Truck made its grand debut at the Hoover Dam. The location was chosen not just because of the breathtaking backdrop: without the help of countless trucks, this monumental structure would never have been built.
But what makes this vehicle so exceptional? After all, Daimler unveiled the first autonomously driving truck around one year before: the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. The answer: whereas Mercedes-Benz's concept vehicle is initially confined to driving on closed-off areas, the Inspiration Truck is already approved for use on public roads. It is based on the Freightliner Cascadia Evolution series production model, thousands of which can be seen on US roads. And it is approved for autonomous driving on public highways in Nevada.
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