Daimler tests its first self-driving truck on German highway A8

Daimler tests its first self-driving truck on German highway A8

Bigwig German automaker Daimler successfully tested its first self-driving truck -- a Mercedes-Benz Actros -- on public roads on October 2. The trial run of the self-driving truck was carried out on the busy German highway A8.

The self-driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, which is equipped with Daimler’s pioneer ‘Highway Pilot’ software, was successful in navigating a 9-mile distance in autonomous mode, through the busy German traffic between Denkendorf and Stuttgart airport.

Daimler’s self-driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck, as of now, is a custom development. It includes a smart semi-autonomous system, which has been effectively paired by the automaker with a few driver-convenience aids which are a part of commercially-available Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

One of the special attributes of Daimler’s self-driving Mercedes-Benz Actros truck -- which comes with adaptive cruise control and hands-free steering -- is that it has received the license from the German authorities for its testing on public roads.

About the ground-breaking ‘Highway Pilot’ system with which the self-driving Mercedes-Benz Actros has been equipped, Daimler has revealed that the system chiefly comprises front-mounted radar, stereo cameras, as well as active speed regulators; all of which work in tandem with a human operator.

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