Daimler launches self-drive trucks on public roads in Nevada

Germany’s Daimler is the first carmaker to operate driverless trucks on public roads in the US. So far, cars and trucks had only been tested on cordoned-off sections, both in the US and Germany.

Daimler has been granted a fully operational license by the state of Nevada for two vehicles from its US brand Freightliner Inspiration Trucks. It is the first time driverless trucks are being tested and used on public roads in regular traffic, starting on US Highway 15 in Nevada.

“I’m proud, very proud, and I speak for everybody in the great state of Nevada – that we stand with you today at this location to make history,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said as he handed Daimler executives number plates for the trucks. He said he had “100 percent confidence” in the German carmaker.

“We’ve reached a milestone,” Wolfgang Bernhard, head of Daimler Trucks, said at the ceremony. He said “preparations were under way” to launch more tests in Germany as well.
 
 
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