The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is the first licensed autonomous commercial truck is roaming the highways of Nevada.
Inspiration uses GPS, radar and video cameras, known as level 3 autonomous mode, enabling the truck to drive itself, as long as the road conditions are drivable.
A driver is still needed in case something unexpected occurs that the truck feels a driver needed. The truck notifies the driver to take over and will come to a complete stop to insure that it doesn’t continue into a situation that it cannot navigate.
The autonomous truck is perfect on long highways and allows the driver to take over pulling into a truck stop where parking may be a little too much for the autonomous truck to handle.
There are 3 million trucks running along the highway making deliveries daily. Inspiration equipped with its advanced computer system could easily give truck drivers and surrounding commuters the extra sense of safety on highways.
Steve Nadig Chief Engineer, Daimler Trucks North America, said, “Their fuel efficiency impact, safety, also maintenance, all of those things are benefits to moving freight across the country.”
The truck is still in prototype stage and faces obstacles. Laws and regulations need to be overcome in order the truck to expand its reach across bordering state highways. The federal government and state government will have to be addressed on the idea of bringing autonomous driving to the roads.
The trucking and shipping industry seems is about to be overhauled.