Waymo and Daimler team up for production self-driving semi in ‘coming years’ – Roadshow

Prepared for a self-driving Daimler semi?


One of many world’s largest self-driving automobile firms and business truck builders cast a partnership on Tuesday. Alphabet’s Waymo division devoted to autonomous automobile applied sciences will work with Germany’s Daimler to deliver a self-driving semi truck to market sooner or later.

The timeframe is to be decided. All the 2 firms mentioned is there might be an autonomous Freightliner Cascadia truck from Daimler geared up with Waymo’s Waymo Driver performance within the “coming years.” That might be a few years, just a few years or within the subsequent decade, so do not put together for autonomously shipped items en masse simply but. Daimler continues to push Freightliner in new instructions, although. Final 12 months, it shipped its first electric Freightliner semis to clients within the US.

Waymo Driver will present SAE Level 4 self-driving capability to the longer term Freightliner truck, however the collaboration might spill into different Daimler manufacturers, too. Maybe that is a not-so-subtle trace that Mercedes-Benz, which Daimler owns and operates, may get Waymo self-driving smarts.

That is actually all the 2 firms needed to share, although Waymo underscored its confidence within the self-driving tech beneath growth. Up to now, Waymo says its robo driver has coated 20 million miles on public roads in 25 cities throughout the US. The tech has skilled one other 15 billion miles in Waymo simulations. Basically, Waymo makes the tech drive within the digital world, the place it may encounter harder driving situations and study extra.

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