Daimler Trucks establishes automated truck R&D center in U.S.
Daimler Trucks & Buses announced that it is strengthening its efforts for automated trucks and buses with its new Automated Truck Research & Development Center in Portland, OR.
"Automated driving offers enormous advantages in the logistics business, with the potential to mitigate the shortage of truck drivers around the world. From a technological point of view, there is still a long way to go until trucks can drive fully autonomously. Automated vehicles must be as safe as possible. We are putting all our effort into this at Daimler Trucks. Our new research and development center is an important milestone on this road. We are strengthening our efforts in this area to leverage synergies in the development of these key technologies across the globe," stated Martin Daum, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks & Buses, at Daimler Trucks’ Capital Market & Technology Day in Portland.
The new research and development center develops and fine tunes systems for automated driving at Daimler Trucks & Buses according to a comprehensive technology strategy. The center’s experts are working on developing, testing, and validating automated vehicles. In addition, the engineers in Portland work in close cooperation with their colleagues in the research and development centers at Daimler Trucks locations in Stuttgart, Germany and Bangalore, India.
Daimler Trucks is investing a total of more than 2.5 billion euros in research and development in 2018 and 2019. More than 500 million euros of this will go toward e-mobility, connectivity, and automated commercial vehicle technology. This also includes investment in the new research and development center for automated driving in Portland.
Daimler Trucks also announced that it is establishing a global E-Mobility Group and presented two new electric trucks for the U.S. market.
Daimler presented the Freightliner eCascadia, a heavy-duty electric truck for long-distance operations (>15 t GVW) as well as a fully electric variant of the Freightliner eM2 106 that covers the medium segment (9 to 12 t GVW). Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is planning to hand over an innovation fleet of around 30 electric trucks to its first customers in the U.S. this year.