Trucks demonstrated an autonomous truck in 2015, and says such tech has
a future in helping address the growing shortage of longhaul drivers.
Just not for awhile.
PORTLAND, Ore. – Daimler Trucks will create an Automated Truck
Research and Development Center at its North American headquarters in
Portland, Ore. – focusing on automated driving technology and its affect
on society and customers alike.
The new center builds on the company’s established research and
development presence, and will be at Swan Island, where a full-scale
truck wind tunnel can already be found. The High Desert Proving Grounds
are also nearby in Madras, Ore.
North American engineers will tap into company resources from other
Daimler locations in Stuttgart, Germany and Bangalore, India, leveraging
experience from other divisions including work on passenger cars,
Daimler Trucks says. Research and development on automated trucks will
also be expanded in Germany.
The new center is part of Daimler plans to invest more than $3.8
billion (CDN) in research and development during 2018 and 2019, and $758
billion earmarked for e-mobility, connectivity and automated commercial
“This center of excellence is part of our global innovation network
and supports the Daimler Trucks ethos of rigorously testing new
technologies, ensuring systems are developed safely and functionality is
fully validated before it is released to customers,” said Sven Ennerst,
head of truck product engineering, global procurement, and Daimler
While Daimler Trucks says it doesn’t expect series-produced
driverless trucks in the near future, it sees the technology as an
eventual way to help keep up with freight demands and a dropping number
of longhaul drivers.
The center will focus on all aspects of development, testing and
validation around software, sensors, machine learning, and simulation,
as well as adapting base vehicle platforms.
“We are again aiming for a fully integrated, proven Daimler solution
that will provide the best tool for our customers’ needs,” said Roger
Nielsen, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. “We can
accomplish this with a combination of vehicle road testing over millions
of miles around the globe and advanced simulation. The global
collaboration that takes place among research and development teams at
Daimler extends to vans, buses and passenger cars, and each advancement
is a building block for the future of automated vehicles.”
The announcement builds on several innovations around autonomous vehicles. The Freightliner Inspiration Truck was
the first autonomous commercial truck to drive a U.S. public highway,
during demonstrations in 2015. Today’s Detroit Assurance 4.0 safety
systems, meanwhile, are expected to be the foundation for increasingly
The company has also demonstrated platooning –
electronically paired trucks that tightly follow each other in the name
of improving aerodynamics. Using tools such as radar and camera
sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and Advanced Driver
Assistance Systems braking, trucks are kept in the center of their
lanes, while vehicles to the rear respond in less than 3/10 second to
braking by the lead truck.
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