Freightliner Inspiration is the First Step in Autonomous Trucking

The Daimler Freightliner Inspiration is the first autonomous semi-truck allowed to test on public roads. The truck was unveiled at the Hoover Dam this week and the experimental truck is only allowed to drive in the state of Nevada. But it could soon spread across the country as the future of autonomous trucking. Freightliner's self-driving technology, called the Highway Pilot, is an intricate team of radar, sensors, and cameras built within and around the truck. The information that the sensors and cameras collect is assessed by computers, which tell the truck to speed up, slow down, turn, or steer otherwise. GALLERY: See Full Photos of the Autonomous 2015 Freightliner Inspiration Truck In addition to helping eliminate the dangers of drivers over-extending themselves, the self-driving tech can help trucks drive better for optimal gas mileage. Once multiple autonomous trucks are on the road together, they can communicate with each other, lock into position (about 25 feet away from each other), and set up for the least amount of wind resistance and drag. This will help the trucks operate more efficiently. This technology also only works while on the highway, and, if you're impatient, it also doesn't pass other slower vehicles. RELATED: Mercedes-Benz Designs an Autonomous Semi for 2025 These trucks don't completely eliminate the drivers, though. At least one person must remain in the cabin. And speaking of, this cabin is pretty high-class compared to a common semi. It has hardwood flooring, the dash features a customizable digital screen, the captain's seat is covered in leather, and the rear has a bench that can double as a bed. "The autonomous vehicle technology we are showcasing in the Freightliner Inspiration Truck will help reduce accidents, improve fuel consumption, cut highway congestion, and safeguard the environment," Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the Board of Management of Daimler Trucks & Buses said. RELATED: Elon Musk Predicts Driving May Be Outlawed ____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide