Daimler Trucks North America, Portland, Ore., unveiled the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, what is said to be the first licensed autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck underwent extensive testing before the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles granted it a license to operate on public roads in the state. It is equipped with highway pilot sensors and computer hardware fully certified to meet all U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The highway pilot links together a sophisticated set of camera technology and radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering and other monitoring systems. This combination creates a Level 3 autonomous vehicle operating system that can perform safely under a range of highway driving conditions.

The autonomous vehicle system is responsible for maintaining legal speed, staying in the selected lane, keeping a safe braking distance from other vehicles and slowing or stopping the vehicle based on traffic and road conditions. The vehicle monitors changes in conditions that require transition back to driver control when necessary in highway settings. The driver is in control of the vehicle for exiting the highway, on local roads and in docking for making deliveries.

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