When I watched some security researchers hack into several cars without even touching them, my head exploded a little bit.
Freightliner just unleashed the first real, road-legal autonomous big rig on the roads of Nevada. Here’s what that actually means and why it really matters.
The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its Autonomous Vehicle license plate to prove it’s the real deal, and it’s already been spotted in action.
After five years and $115 million of development, the Freightliner SuperTruck is Daimler's answer to a lofty challenge set by the Department Of Energy: "improve semi-truck fuel economy by at least 50 percent." This concept blows that benchmark out of the water.
Attention Google: Your self-driving car looks wimpy compared to this self-driving beast-turned-truck. On Thursday, German automaker Daimler demonstrated the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 (that's when it hopes the vehicle will hit the marketplace) to spectators.
If the screams from pedestrians and the angry looks from oncoming drivers don't provide enough clues that you've accidentally turned onto a one-way street, maybe it's time you bought a Mercedes. Wait, what? The company's upcoming vehicles will include an updated safety system that's able to autonomously recognize…