Daimler allocates half a billion euros for autonomous trucksJanuary 8, 2019
By 2025, fully self-driving trucks would have to go on the roads of the USA and Germany. Partially automated trucks will be commissioned as early as 2019.
In the coming years, the German automotive concern Daimler is investing 500 million euros in the creation of self-driving highly automated trucks. Until 2025, the manufacturer intends to release such trucks on the market. This was stated by the representative of the concern on Monday, January 7, at the international electronics exhibition Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For the development of new cars Daimler intends to create an additional 200 jobs in the US and Germany. Under the highly automated trucks in the concern understand the machines that can drive without driver control.
In 2019, Daimler intends to launch the first partially automated truck on the US roads. The control system in it allows the computer to slow down, pick up speed and turn. Daimler intends to “jump over” the stage when the truck can drive completely without a driver, but the driver is in the cab for safety.
In addition, Daimler abandoned the technology of truck platooning, which implies combining automated trucks into columns for further joint movement along a given route while maintaining the minimum distance between all participants. The first car in the convoy acts as a “lead”, while other trucks following it adapt to its driving parameters. It was assumed that this approach allows achieving tangible fuel savings and a reduction in carbon emissions. However, tests conducted since 2016 have shown that the estimated savings are greatly exaggerated.
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