We are Pioneers and Inventors

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 sets industry benchmark with redundant scalable truck platform for autonomous driving

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.

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Our Roadmap to Self-Driving Trucks

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.

Nov 2021
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Oct 2020
Daimler Trucks and Torc partner with Luminar to enable automated trucking – Daimler Trucks acquires minority stake in Luminar Read More
Oct 2020
Daimler Trucks and Waymo signed a broad, global, strategic partnership to deploy autonomous SAE L4 technology. Their initial effort will combine Waymo's industry-leading automated driver technology with a unique version of Daimler's Freightliner Cascadia, to enable autonomous driving. Read More
Oct 2020
Torc scales its self-driving truck testing in the Southwest in early 2021 using an enhanced prototype truck developed with Daimler Trucks North America. New generation of Freightliner Cascadia test trucks bolsters Torc’s capability to develop and test its Level 4 self-driving technology. Read More
Sep 2020
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics celebrate one year of successful collaboration. Autonomous Technology Group will extend its testing to New Mexico and build up a new testing center in Albuquerque. Read More
Sep 2019
Production of the Freightliner Cascadia with enhanced safety and aerodynamic solutions has begun, providing customers with a truck that is safer, more fuel efficient and offers a better driver experience than ever before. Read More
Sep 2019
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are actively developing and testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia, where Torc Robotics is headquartered. Read More
May 2019
Daimler Trucks is establishing the Autonomous Technology Group as a global organization for automated driving to comprise overall strategy and implementation of the automated driving roadmap. Read More
Mar 2019
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics, a pioneer in autonomous driving solutions, are joining forces in a one-of-a-kind combination to commercialize highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) on U.S. roads. Read More
Jan 2019
Daimler Trucks North America introduced the first SAE Level 2 automated truck in series production in North America with the latest enhancements to the Freightliner Cascadia. Read More
May 2015
Daimler Trucks North America unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Truck as the first licensed autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the U.S. Read More
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