Auto-Maker Daimler, straight out of Germany, introduced the world’s first autonomous truck on Tuesday night, May 5th, atop the famous U.S. landmark, The Hoover Dam. Dubbed the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, it is the world’s first self-driving truck licensed to drive on public roads as part of the Highway Pilot system.
As an autonomous truck, it is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input thanks to Daimler’s unique sensor and camera technology. The company has stated a driver must be present, but that driver has the option to relinquish control to the 18-wheel commercial vehicle. That’s a relief for not only safety reasons, but from an economic standpoint it means that for right now humans won’t be losing their jobs to robots.
It seems like technology is “driving” us more and more into the future and every month or so a new car company announces its driverless vehicle. I still can’t help thinking about The Transformers, so in the iconic words and voice of Optimus Prime, “ROLL OUT!”