Trucks Without Truckers
Daimler delivered some big news at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas: The Trucks division of the Stuttgart-based automaker plans to invest EUR 500 million to develop highly automated (SAE level 4) semi trucks and have them on the roads within a decade.
The long-haul vehicles will reportedly be able to move around in confined spaces or on predefined routes without human intervention.
As part of this effort, the company plans to create 200 additional jobs – primarily for mechatronics engineers and robotics specialists – in Germany and the United States. Daimler also announced that it will begin testing in the United States due to factors such as the ability to travel longer distances.
The self-driving vehicles will also reportedly have a steering wheel to allow for human drivers, if desired. In a statement, the company noted that the advantages of highly automated driving include that there is no risk of human error, such as getting tired or losing attention, and that the vehicles can practically be used around the clock.
Opening of 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas © CES