Daimler Trucks North America recently introduced its first semi-automated (Level 2) truck for the American market. DTNA’s upgraded 2020 Freightliner Cascadia follows its 2015 introduction of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, which was the first self-driving commercial truck to get licensed for American roads. The Level 2 truck will be controlled by a driver at all times, but boasts sophisticated capabilities that will assist with many driver functions. DTNA is set to begin mass production of the Level 2 truck later this year, and is already working on a highly automated (Level 4) truck as well.
- The first semi-automated truck that was slated for the US market was launched recently by Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) at a January 7 press conference.
- Roger Nielsen, DTNA president and CEO, states that the company promises to make the trucks a true American success story.
- DTNA unveiled a self-driving truck four years ago at the Hoover Dam and this is the first time it is appearing at the CES.
“Now we take automated trucking to the next level: we’re ready to launch the first partially automated new Freightliner Cascadia in 2019”