CES 2019 is in its last phases as today is the last day of the show. We tried to present you the best of CES where the companies like LG presented their rollable television while the talk of the town was 48-inches car in-dash display and a system that can sense your mood and control the car cabin accordingly. And who can forget the self-driving motorcycle by BMW?
However, this year the concept of autonomous vehicles was not restricted to cars and motorcycles. Daimler Trucks have brought in limelight their Class 8 Freightliner Cascadia semi truck. The company introduces the first SAE Level 2 automated production of self driving trucks in North America. The level 2 automation means that the vehicle can control lateral aspects (direction) as longitudinal (acceleration/deceleration).
Thanks to the use of sensors and cameras, the Cascadia will offer the Active Drive Assist, already available in the Mercedes-Benz Actros, which includes the Active Lane Assistant and active lateral and longitudinal controls. With these systems, the Cascadia incorporates partially automated driving functions.
For example, the self driving truck can brake and accelerate by itself, and maintain distance from the vehicles that precede it, and can also control the direction, although in certain ways.
The most innovative is that you can do all this in any speed range, something unprecedented in this type of vehicle where, typically, a minimum and maximum speed is specified.
By the way, the German brand announces an investment of 570 million dollars to develop and take to the street the first truck on the market that integrates a system of autonomous driving level 4, although not before a decade.
Daimler defines this level as highly automated driving, in limited areas and between cities, where the system does not expect any response from the driver, assuming full control of the vehicle.
Note here that according to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94% of the crashes in the world are attributable to human error. The automation of acceleration, deceleration, and direction reduces the possibility of human error, mitigates collisions and can potentially save lives.
If you take into account Pakistan, this developing system will surely provide safety on highways while goods trade will also be benefited with timely deliveries. These self driving trucks surely improve the driver’s experience by making it easier to drive.