Innovation

Cutting-edge innovation starts at Daimler.

At Daimler Trucks North America, we're dedicated to engineering state-of-the-art mobility solutions to revolutionize the commercial trucking industry. As the No. 1 supplier of choice in the North American trucking market, DTNA consistently pursues and achieves its goals by providing the best trucks on the road, delivering uncompromising value, and customer satisfaction through technical innovation backed by superior engineering.

Electric Mobility

Real e-mobility solutions for the real world.

At Daimler Trucks North America, we are developing real electric vehicles for real world applications. The heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia is heavy-duty designed for local and regional distribution and port drayage. The Freightliner eM2 is a medium-duty truck designed for pick-up and delivery and last-mile logistics. Both the eCascadia and eM2 are currently planned to enter series production in late 2021. The Thomas Built Buses Jouley electric school bus is designed to transport students throughout North America safety, quietly and emission-free. Series production for the Jouley begins in 2020.

Our customer-driven design process – co-creation - is the cornerstone of our strategy to rapidly develop and deploy commercial battery-electric trucks. Partnerships with customers are informing the product design, as well as the design of the surrounding ecosystem of charging infrastructure, vehicle maintenance and service.


Working with purpose and passion, the team of over 700 experts in our global Electric Mobility Group is fully dedicated to bringing e-mobility to the commercial vehicle market. We have already delivered 100 electric commercial vehicles to our customers globally to continue to lead the way for the industry.

Automated Driving & Active Safety Systems

Shaping future transportation. Reducing accidents. Increasing freight efficiency.

With recent enhancements to the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, Daimler Trucks North America is the first manufacturer to put partially automated driving features (SAE level 2) into series production. The Detroit Assurance 5.0 Adaptive Cruise Control and Active Lane Assist (Lane Keep Assist) features make automated driving possible in all speed ranges for the first time in a series production truck. Automating acceleration, deceleration and steering helps reduce the chance for human error and potentially reduce accidents. The newly established Autonomous Technology Group is part of Daimler Trucks’ global effort to put highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) onto the roads within a decade. To achieve this, Daimler Trucks is investing more than EUR 500 million (more than USD 570 million). In commercial trucking, level 4 is the logical next step after level 2 to increase safety as well as efficiency and freight efficiency.

Connectivity

Connectivity to improve uptime, efficiency and safety.

Daimler Trucks North America’s Detroit™ Connect suite of connected vehicle services makes truck performance data more accessible than ever before. Making comprehensive, actionable intelligence accessible from our connected trucks is transforming the way our customers interact with them and positively impacting their businesses' bottom lines.

With the innovative and groundbreaking Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services, we have continued to develop and deliver solutions that help our customers improve their uptime, efficiency and safety. These services provide superior customer experience and are a key differentiator for our trucks:

The Detroit Connect platform, installed on each Freightliner® new Cascadia®, allows for the expansion of connectivity services to deliver flexibility in how customers access their fleet data. The Detroit Connect platform enables the integration of services from third party telematics providers to be supported via the platform, providing customers the freedom to work with the partner of their choice, as well as eliminating the need to install additional hardware.