The first ever licensed autonomous driving truck, called the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, has been officially unveiled over the web, by Daimler.
The very first addition to the segment of the licensed autonomous driving trucks is called the Freightliner Inspiration Truck and this has been officially unveiled by Daimler, recently. The model in question has been based on the series produced US Freightliner Cascadia and it has been awarded with a license for road use in the State of Nevada. The vehicle is basically coming as a follow to the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, which has been officially unveiled last year, back in July, by Daimler Trucks.
“The Inspiration Truck is now the next milestone on the road to series production of the Highway Pilot system. The development engineers of Daimler Trucks transfered the system to the US brand Freightliner and modified it for use on American highways. The result: the State of Nevada certified no less than two Freightliner Inspiration Trucks for regular operations on public roads”, said the company in its official press release.
The looks of the new Freightliner Inspiration Truck are dominated basically by the design of the hood, which is overlapping the radiator grille and it can be pushed forward and tilted for opening. The side panels are said to have been redesigned in order to from a single unit with the wheel arches and the hood and the overall looks of the model is quite appealing. The cabin of the model has received the halogen lighting and bench seats installed specifically for the driving event of it.
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is getting the Adaptive Cruise Control, front radar, a stereo camera plus assistance and for licensing on public roads in Nevada, it had to be tested on a track in Germany, Papenburg, for more than 16,000 km (10,000 miles). Autonomous driving is said to drop fuel consumption by up to 5 percent, to reduce the CO2 emissions and to improve traffic safety.