Daimler Truck Unveils Plans For Fully Autonomous Semi-Truck By 2027

by AutoExpert   |  10 May, 2024

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As early as 2027, Daimler Truck plans to sell a fully autonomous semi model. Torc Robotics, "Daimler Truck's independent subsidiary for autonomous virtual driver technology," provided the prototype's autonomous driving technology, and it was based on the electric eCascadia. That would be a revolutionary step forward, as, in certain scenarios, a Level 4 vehicle might operate without a human driver.

The company remained tight-lipped about details but did say that the technology demonstration will have "many commonalities" with the final eCascadia. There are 291 and 438 kWh battery packs available for that specific model, which is a Class 8 truck.

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The truck can now go 155–230 miles on a single charge, thanks to them. The business did not reveal the prototype's engine, but it does include a sensor bar that includes cameras, lidar, and radar. The bar's elevated mounting position aids in aerodynamic performance enhancement, sensor protection, and soiling prevention.

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Daimler said the prototype includes four spare 12-volt batteries to ensure uninterrupted operation and enhanced safety, in addition to additional sensors located lower. Additionally, Daimler has incorporated a computing stack between the seats, utilizing prototype air-cooling technology. The approach envisions use on short, repeated trips with charging infrastructure.

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Daimler Truck also said that while this is “still a research and advanced engineering project, the autonomous vehicle has the potential to evolve into a modular, scalable platform that is propulsion-agnostic for flexible use in different trucking applications.”

“By combining zero-emission and autonomous technologies in one product, we are testing solutions for challenges our customers are likely to face in the future," said John O'Leary, CEO of Daimler Truck North America. They excel at keeping the world moving, both now and in the future, and we aim to offer them alternatives that enable them to continue doing so. The first fleet of driverless trucks would reportedly have standard engines.

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