Freightliner has unveiled the Inspiration Truck, described as “the first licensed autonomous driving truck”.
The machine is based on the series-produced US Freightliner Cascadia model and has been granted a license for road use in the State of Nevada. The Inspiration Truck follows the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 that was revealed in July last year by Daimler Trucks.
The Highway Pilot technology used by the Inspiration Truck comprises a front radar and a stereo camera plus assistance systems such as the Adaptive Cruise Control, seen in the standard Freightliner Cascadia and the Mercedes-Benz Actros. For licensing on public roads in Nevada, the technology was tested for over 10,000 miles (over 16,000 kilometers) on a test circuit in Papenburg, Germany.
Dailmer explains that when the Freightliner Inspiration Truck is safely on the highway, the driver can activate the Highway Pilot system. Then the vehicle switches to autonomous mode and adapts to the speed of traffic.
The producer also says the autonomously driving truck will cut fuel consumption by up to five percent, will improve traffic safety and will reduce CO2 emissions.
Further details can be found at the press release section below.