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Daimler Trucks invests half a billion Euros in truck automation

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks announced that it will invest EUR 500 million (around 570 million USD) over the next years and create more than 200 new jobs in its global push to bring highly automated trucks (SAE level 4) to the road within a decade, skipping the intermediate step of conditionally automated driving (level 3).

Freightliner new Cascadia, January 2019
Freightliner new Cascadia, January 2019

Daimler Trucks is reassessing its view on platooning. The company has tested platooning for several years, especially in the U.S., where benefits would be expected to be the most substantial. Results show that fuel savings, even in perfect platooning conditions, are less than expected and that those savings are further diminished when the platoon gets disconnected and the trucks must accelerate to reconnect.

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