Daimler’s driverless semi trucks will hit the road in 2027


Daimler’s driverless semi trucks will hit the road in 2027

Daimler Truck showcased its first self-driving truck demonstrator. This electric vehicle paves the way for driverless freight delivery by 2027.

The prototype is based on Daimler's popular Freightliner Cascadia model, but with a twist: it's electric! This "eCascadia" is equipped with powerful sensors that can "see" its surroundings from afar. It also has a high-performance computer that analyzes sensor data and makes driving decisions.

Daimler is collaborating with Waymo and their subsidiary Torc on autonomous systems. Their goal is to launch these trucks in the southwestern US by 2027. These electric titans will haul goods between hubs, acting as part of a middle-mile freight service.

Image: Diamler self-driving semi truck. Source: Diamler

Image: Diamler self-driving semi truck. Source: Diamler

"We're looking at an autonomous vehicle that can run non-stop, without needing breaks," explained Joanna Butler, head of Daimler's global autonomous technology group. "This Level 4 truck will operate continuously between hubs – that's our target application."

Daimler Truck is dedicated to mass-producing these autonomous Freightliners, but only after ensuring the technology is safe enough for public road testing. As Butler says, "We view this as a marathon, not a sprint."