05-14-2015 TRUCK

This Truck Drives Itself

Almost 80 years after its official opening, the famous Hoover Dam was the setting for the World Premiere of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck. Doing double duty holding back trillion gallons of water and generating electricity for Las Vegas and California, the dam served as the largest projection screen ever in North America – something that has never been done before. This projection – at 1.17 million lumens – earned Freightliner the Guinness World Records title of Highest light output projection and, with the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, Daimler introduced the world’s first autonomous truck licensed to drive on public roads at the historic concrete arch-gravity dam in southeastern Nevada.

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is based on the series-produced U.S. Freightliner Cascadia Evolution model, but with the addition of the Highway Pilot technology. The latter comprises a front radar and a stereo camera plus tried-and-tested assistance systems such as the Adaptive Cruise Control+, as seen in the Mercedes-Benz Actros. For licensing on public roads in Nevada, the technology was further developed and the excellent interaction of components extensively tested. As part of the truck´s so-called Marathon Run, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck covered over 10,000 miles (over 16,000 kilometers) on a test circuit in Germany.

With Daimler Trucks North America and the brands Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses, the company is the clear market leader in the U.S. Its success can largely be attributed to the technological advantages of Daimler Trucks, which ensure optimum operating costs, reliability and service offerings for customers. Daimler Trucks focuses both globally and in North America on the strategically vital aspects of efficiency, safety and connectivity. For example, the long-distance Freightliner Cascadia Evolution truck is the most fuel efficient truck on the NAFTA market. The Cascadia Evolution can be fitted with the integrated Detroit powertain, including the automated DT12 transmission. When compared with its EPA 2010 Cascadia predecessor, the Cascadia Evolution is up to seven percent more fuel efficient. The Cascadia Evolution is equipped as standard with the Detroit Connect telematics system. Detroit Connect includes an on-board diagnosis system and a fleet monitoring system. The Detroit Connect can determine the cause behind fault messages during the journey. For example, a real time report on the technical status of the engine is transmitted to the Detroit Customer Service Center where the data is analyzed and recommended corrective measures are then emailed to the driver. Detroit Connect can significantly reduce repair costs and increase operating times by up to six percent.

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