Daimler Does A Real World Self-Driving Truck Test

Trucks and truck drivers are a huge part of the commercial infrastructure of most countries, and in a purely monetary sense it may be an important area to automate, in the sense of self-drive trucks.

Vehicle maker Daimler, along with others, is working on self driving trucks and just conducted a "real world" test on a public highway in Germany.

I would guess the self-drive trucks may only be used for long haul deliveries between main terminals while keeping to major highways, and not trying to make deliveries to local stores or smaller depots in heavy traffic/congested cities.
The truck has smart systems including radars, cameras and active speed regulators and works without a human driver—although one has to be in the driver's seat and take the wheel if necessary.
The standard Mercedes-Benz Actros, fitted with the intelligent "Highway Pilot" system, travelled 14 kilometres (about nine miles) on the A8 motorway, with a driver in the cabin but his hands off the wheel.


Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-10-daimler-self-driving-truck-german-highway.html#jCp
The truck has smart systems including radars, cameras and active speed regulators and works without a human driver—although one has to be in the driver's seat and take the wheel if necessary.

The standard Mercedes-Benz Actros, fitted with the intelligent "Highway Pilot" system, travelled 14 kilometres (about nine miles) on the A8 motorway, with a driver in the cabin but his hands off the wheel.


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