How would you feel if you pulled up next to a tractor-trailer and saw the driver full involved on his ipad? I think it might make very uncomfortable. However, the first “self-driving” aka autonomous 18-wheeler is now on the major highways and interstates of Nevada.
In this video, you will see Daimler’s “self-driving” aka autonomous 18-wheeler:
In May of 2015, Governor Brian Sandoval granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States to Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA). He said:
Nevada is proud to be making transportation history today by hosting the first U.S. public highway drive for a licensed autonomous commercial truck. The application of this innovative technology to one of America’s most important industries will have a lasting impact on our state and help shape the New Nevada economy. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has been closely monitoring the advancements being made in autonomous vehicle development and reviewed DTNA’s safety, testing and training plans before granting permission for this demonstration of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck.
It uses cameras, sensors, and radar to scan the area all around it and determine its position on the road and in relation to nearby cars and trucks. The are currently only allowed on interstates and major highways and aren’t “savvy” enough for city roads. Stockholders will be praying for an accident free record.
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