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In a spec­tac­u­lar evening cer­e­mony at Hoover Dam in the US, Daim­ler Trucks North Amer­ica (DTNA) un­veiled the Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck to sev­eral hun­dred in­ter­na­tional news me­dia, truck­ing in­dus­try an­a­lysts and of­fi­cials.

The Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck is the first li­censed au­ton­o­mous com­mer­cial truck to op­er­ate on an open public high­way in the United States. De­vel­oped by en­gi­neers at DTNA, it prom­ises to un­lock au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle ad­vance­ments that re­duce ac­ci­dents, im­prove fuel con­sump­tion, cut high­way con­ges­tion, and safe­guard the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Hoover Dam was se­lected for the un­veil­ing be­cause it rep­re­sents Amer­ica’s abil­ity to dream big and ac­com­plish amaz­ing things, even in the midst of ad­ver­sity.

Built dur­ing the Great De­pres­sion un­der harsh con­di­tions, it took fewer than five years to com­plete. The largest dam of its time, the Hoover Dam still stands as an en­gi­neer­ing marvel eight decades later.

The In­spi­ra­tion Truck drove on top of the dam, pre­sent­ing it­self to the world, while the dam was used as an emo­tional large-scale pro­jec­tion sur­face.

The Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck il­lus­trates DTNA’s com­mit­ment to cus­tomer value through con­sis­tent in­vest­ment in the lat­est tech­nol­ogy and the de­sign and pro­duc­tion of the best com­mer­cial trucks on to­day’s roads. Some of the core au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle sys­tems in the con­cept ve­hi­cle are al­ready suc­cess­fully de­ployed in the cur­rent Freight­liner Cas­ca­dia Evo­lu­tion.

The Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck un­der­went ex­ten­sive testing be­fore the Ne­vada Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles granted it a li­cence to op­er­ate on public roads in the state.

The Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck is equipped with the High­way Pi­lot sen­sors and com­puter hard­ware is based upon a se­ries pro­duc­tion Freight­liner Cas­ca­dia Evo­lu­tion, fully cer­ti­fied to meet all US fed­eral mo­tor ve­hi­cle safety stan­dards.

The High­way Pi­lot links to­gether a so­phis­ti­cated set of cam­era tech­nol­ogy and radar sys­tems with lane sta­bil­ity, col­li­sion avoid­ance, speed con­trol, brak­ing, steer­ing and other mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems.

The Freight­liner In­spi­ra­tion Truck op­er­ates on high­ways at what the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­fines as Level 3 of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle ca­pa­bil­i­ties, en­abling the driver to cede full con­trol of all safety-crit­i­cal func­tions un­der cer­tain traf­fic or en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions.

The au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle sys­tem is re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing legal speed, stay­ing in the se­lected lane, keep­ing a safe brak­ing dis­tance from other ve­hi­cles, and slow­ing or stop­ping the ve­hi­cle based on traf­fic and road con­di­tions.

The ve­hi­cle mon­i­tors changes in con­di­tions that re­quire tran­si­tion back to driver con­trol when nec­es­sary in high­way set­tings. The driver is in con­trol of the ve­hi­cle for ex­it­ing the high­way, on lo­cal roads and in dock­ing for mak­ing de­liv­er­ies.

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