Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are developing and testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. According to a press release, the deployment on public roads takes place after months of testing and safety validation on a closed track.
The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia. All automated runs require both an engineer overseeing the system, and a trained safety driver.
Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, said in a press release, “Bringing Level 4 trucks to the public roads is a major step toward our goal to deliver reliable and safe trucks for the benefits of our customers, our economies and society.”