Daimler Truck is a pioneer in autonomous driving and has a clear roadmap to deliver fully automated trucks within the decade for the benefit of our customers, and to the benefit of society as a whole. Our ultimate goals are to reduce accidents on our roadways, support the economic engine of our country and the world, and improve the comfort and safety of truck drivers.
Daimler Truck is developing a scalable autonomous truck platform that is perfectly suited for SAE Level 4 autonomous driving, including redundancy systems needed to achieve safe and reliable operations. The four key areas with a redundant architecture are the braking system, the steering system, the low voltage power net and the network communications. In case that any of the primary systems encounter a fault, the Level 4 vehicle will be able to monitor, assess and deploy its backup systems to control the truck safely.
Daimler Truck’s L4 truck platform is based on Freightliner’s market-leading Cascadia and aims to set new industry standards. The unique redundant truck chassis is being developed for Waymo Via based on their specifications. A first version of the truck has already been delivered this year for integration of the Waymo Driver, the autonomous driving system. If a fault is deemed critical to the operation of the vehicle, the autonomous driving system will allow the truck to follow a safety protocol and be able to execute a “minimal risk maneuver” to come to a safe stop.Read More
We are delivering engineering solutions that strive above all to improve road safety while helping our customers improve business efficiencies. This journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Development and deployment of automated trucks takes time, and safety is our top priority.
We strongly believe in collaboration and partnerships to develop, test, and commercialize SAE Level 4 automated technology. We are combining our rich heritage of truck development, manufacturing expertise and infrastructure network with the software expertise of our partners Torc Robotics since 2019 and Waymo since 2020.
Daimler Truck and Torc Robotics share the same goal to bring highly automated trucks to series production within the decade. Together we have achieved significant progress on our roadmap. The strategic partnership with Waymo complements our dual-strategy approach to work with strong partners to deliver highly automated L4 solutions, and to seamlessly integrate those solutions with our best-in-class trucks to our customers.