The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate in the US

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A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the “Freightliner Inspiration Truck” a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind to navigate public roads in the US. The Inspiration is loaded with cameras, radar systems, other sensors and computer hardware like most autonomous vehicles. However, it’s not completely self-driving — it still needs a human driver behind the wheel. According to the big rig’s official website , the all its sensors and computers are “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.” That frees up the driver to do other tasks, like doing the inventory, route planning and scheduling. Certain conditions require the system to transfer control back to the driver, though, particularly when exiting a highway, driving on local roads and docking to drop off deliveries. Developing… [Image credit: Freightliner Trucks/Instagram ] Comments Source: Daimler , Freightliner (1) , (2) , (3)

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The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate in the US

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