Trials in progress for automated trucks in the USA
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are actively developing and testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia, USA, where Torc Robotics is headquartered.
All automated runs require both an engineer to oversee the system and a highly trained safety driver certified by Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics. All safety drivers hold a commercial driver’s licence and are specially trained in vehicle dynamics and automated systems. Trucks are cleared for deployment on public roads after months of extensive testing and safety validation on a closed loop track. (ben)