Daimler Trucks creates automated driving group

Daimler Trucks announced this week that it is bringing together its worldwide activities for trucks with automated driving into a new unit, the Autonomous Technology Group.

The group will implement the company’s efforts to put highly automated trucks onto the roads within ten years, an initiative in which it is investing around USD 570 million.

The new unit will be responsible for overall strategy and implementation of Daimlers Trucks’ automated driving roadmap, and will set up the necessary operations infrastructure and network as the truckmaker moves towards the series production of SAE level 4 highly automated trucks.

“We are the pioneer for automated trucks. With the formation of our global Autonomous Technology Group, we are taking the next step, underscoring the importance of highly automated driving for Daimler Trucks, the industry and society as well,” said Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Trucks and Buses.

“With the new unit, we will maximize the effectiveness of our automated driving efforts and the impact of our investments in this key strategic technology. We will therefore be in the perfect position to put highly automated driving onto the roads, making transportation safer, saving lives and helping trucking companies boost their productivity."

The Autonomous Technology Group will be led by the current Head of Strategy at Daimler Trucks, Peter Vaughan Schmidt, who said that the unit would bring together the company’s experts from around the world and their knowledge of automated trucking.

“In the first stage, we will focus on use cases of highly automated driving in defined areas and between defined hubs in the U.S.A. In doing so, we will work closely together with customers whose business matches this automated driving application,” said Vaughan Schmidt.

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